Saturday, November 21, 2015

Racy Books From A Century Ago...

It's really interesting (to me anyway) to discover which book related articles one comes across while surfing the internet these days. 

Earlier today, I did a search on the Google News site using the search term 'books'. One of the first few articles to pop up was titled Your Great-Grandma’s Dirty Books, which is published on The Daily Beast website. In the article, I read the following bit of information about dirty/racy novels from a century ago:
A hundred years ago, there was only one way to explain a woman having sex outside of marriage: she must have been drugged, defiled, and sold into prostitution. This tended to happen, we were warned, when girls left home and went to the big city, where the dangers of liquor and dance halls were all too well-known.
This turned out to be mostly nonsense. By the time the Roaring Twenties came along, moral crusaders had basically abandoned the idea—but in their heyday, they managed to crank out some spectacularly lurid fiction about innocent girls led astray. Imagine your great-grandmother, sitting primly in her mother’s parlor, breathlessly paging through these so-called “white slave dramas” in search of forbidden thrills. It always ends badly for these girls—as it had to, given the conventions of the genre—but there was plenty of champagne and seduction to be had along the way.
Let me add that I can't even imagine my great-grandmas reading any naughty books back in the day!! It seems like erotica novels are in abundance today and cover a wide range of topics... So, needless to say, I wanted to know what kinds of topics were written about in dirty/racy novels a century ago.

Click on the link above to see which dirty/racy book titles made the list along with a synopsis of each novel.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. Haha oh my gosh, it's kind of funny and strange how much our ideas of what's considered "dirty" has evolved throughout the years. What a thoughtful and unique post, nice job! :)

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    1. Yes, I agree with you, it is both funny and strange to see what was considered a "dirty" book a century ago and see how it has evolved since then.