Indeed, the books published by the Liverpool Library Press were designed to looked quaint and family-friendly at first glance, but were anything but. And there certainly were other cultural factors bubbling to the surface during this time which not only loosened legal regulations, but also loosened the stigma. In fact, LLP was the very first publisher formed specifically to produce hard-core adult books.
Erotic literature takes the form of novels, short stories, poetrytrue-life memoirsand sex manuals. A common feature of the genre is sexual fantasies on such themes as prostitutionorgieshomosexualitysadomasochismand many other taboo subjects and fetisheswhich may or may not be expressed in explicit language. Despite cultural taboos on such material, circulation of erotic literature was not seen as a major problem before the invention of printing, as the costs of producing individual manuscripts limited distribution to a very small group of readers.
Pulp fiction novels were wildly popular in the 's and 60's. These inexpensive paperback novels were filled with sex, some violence, cliches, and lots and lots of adjectives. Stories with overtly sexual lesbian themes also became widespread during that time.
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Covers are arranged alphabetically by publisher. Click the group of books beginning with:. I define "sleaze" as using sensationalism to explore the borders of what is considered acceptable in the current literary environment.