The Girl With The Swansdown Seat
Here, for the first time, is a candid report on the sex-life of the mid-Victorians. For most of us, "mid-Victorian" suggests an age of puritanism and repression. We think of chaste young men in check unmentionables and simpering virgins in bastions of whalebone and steel, of sexless courtships and sombre families, with Mrs. Grundy unassailably triumphant. But, as Cyril Pearl shows, this conception is far from the truth. With scrupulous documentation, he presents the mid-Victorians as they really were - a people robust in their pleasures, and jealous of their personal freedom, especially their sexual freedom.