Miss Coote's Confessions
Or, The Voluptuous Experiences of an Old Maid; In a series of letters to a lady
Published by “Anonymous” in the legendary victorian magazine
The Pearl, and charts the progression of punishments that quickly turn into pleasures for their victims.
The 18 issues of The Pearl are packed with short stories, naughty poems
, ballads of sexual adventure, letters, limericks, jokes, gossip, and six serialized novels including "La Rose d'Amour," filled with inventive and exotic lovemaking scenes; "Miss Coote's Confession," with graphic descriptions of initiations into pleasure; and "Young Beginners," a collection of exuberant sexual adventures. Scatological and scandalous, The Pearl is definitely not for the straitlaced or pure of mind.
The leading erotic publication of the Victorian Age, The Pearl first appeared in London in July, 1897. It lasted for a short, but glorious eighteen months, and then vanished: a victim of its own underground status, for income could never catch up with costs. During its year and a half of publication, The Pearl, serialized six novels that have earned the status of classics in the field of erotic literature. The magazine also featured short stories and verse celebrating the sensual pleasures and the pursuit of lovemaking in all its myriad forms.
Oddly enough, "Miss Coote" later appeared as a character in the comic book, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, made into a feature Hollywood film.
About the Illustrations: One of the most talented artists of his time, Martin van Maële (who also used the pseudonym A. Van Troizem) worked as an illustrator of early 20th century literature. His best work during the 26 years he was active, however, was in the field of erotic literature. His work rivals those of his contemporaries, Felician Rops and Luc Lafnet. Each Issue of The Pearl featured his illustrations.
In this section, Wasteland presents the complete Miss Coote's Confessions.
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