“My Secret Life is by far the most famous and the longest sexual autobiography written in the nineteenth century. It has in it invaluable material for social and cultural historians, literary scholars, students of manners and morals—and it has more of what we might call ‘encounters’ than any narrative ever penned in English.” (From the Introduction by James Kincaid, 1996. New York: Signet Classic - Penguin Putnam.) First published in 1901 entitled "The Dawn of Sensuality," it has been published in many forms and titles, and seized by censors and police. until it was eventually published in the United States without censorship in 1966 by Grove Press. But in 1969 a British printer, Arthur Dobson, was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for producing a reprint in Great Britain. It was not until 1995 that the work in its entirety was published openly in the UK by Arrow Books. My Secret Life has been described as "one of the strangest and most obsessive books ever written. The work itself is enormous, amounting to over one million words, the eleven original volumes amounting to over 4,000 pages. The text is repetitive and highly disorganized, but its frank discussion of erotic matters and other hidden aspects of Victorian life make it a rare and valuable social document. It has been described as "one of the strangest and most obsessive books ever written.
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