A unique work of this time is Sodom, or the Quintessence of Debaucherya closet play by the notorious Restoration rake John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester in which Bolloxinion, King of Sodom, authorises "that buggery may be used O'er all the land, so cunt be not abused", which order, though appealing to soldiery, has deleterious effects generally, leading the court physician to counsel: These were a somewhat peculiar English genre of erotic fiction in which the female body and sometimes the male was described in terms of a landscape.
This was included, in abbreviated form, in The Potent Ally: Other works include A New Description of Merryland.
Peter Fryer suggests that Fanny Hill was a high point in British erotica, at least in the eighteenth century, in a way that mainstream literature around it had also reached a peak at that time, with writers like Defoe, Richardson and Fielding all having made important and lasting contributions to literature in its first half.
Afterhe suggests, when the Romantic period began, the quality of mainstream writing and of smut declined in tandem.
This was the original method of circulation for the Sonnets of William Shakespearewho also wrote the erotic poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece.
Though many of the poems attributed to Rochester were actually by other authors, his reputation as a libertine was such that his name was used as a selling point by publishers of collections of erotic Erotic womens literature for centuries Erotic womens literature.
He called one collection of poems Erotic womens literature partly for the simple ephemeral nature of the verse but also a pun on the French word panser, to Erotic womens literature or bandage a wound.
James's Park " in which the protagonist's quest for healthy exercise in the park uncovers instead "Bugg'ries, Rapes and Incest" on ground polluted by debauchery from the time when "Ancient Pict began to Whore".
Some works, however, borrowed from established literary models, such as Dickens.
It also featured a curious form of social stratification.
Such works have frequently been banned by the government or religious authorities.
It should be noted, however, that apparently non-fictional works dealing with sex or sexual themes may contain fictional elements; calling an erotic book 'a memoir' is a literary device that is common in this genre.
The Tale of Two Lovers Latin: Historia de duobus amantibus written in was one of the bestselling books of the 15th century, even before its author, Aeneas Sylvius Piccolominibecame Pope Pius II.