Miss Coote's Confession
The Victorians may have attempted to show the world they were upright, strict and full of virtue but much of this thinking has been subverted by their erotic and pornographic writing. With a vast Empire to organise and rule Victorians authors also had a wealth of new locations in which to have their characters fornicate in their written erotic adventures. These purveyors of erotic literature were no slouches when it came to getting their materials into the hands and minds of others. They used one of the great tools of the day; the literary magazine. Engagingly in the great tradition of literary magazines who serialised many wonderful books the Victorians had their own pornographic magazine which ran for eighteen monthly issues from July 1879 to December 1880. That seems to be quite some enterprise when you consider just the business side of printing and distribution of it whilst one presumes the law was casting its beady eyes at you. On the literary side it managed to print six serialised novels with Miss Coote’s Confession or The Voluptuous Experiences Of An Old Maid being one of them as well as many short stories and a whole host of other minutiae including ballads, poems, limericks, jokes, witticisms, puns, ditties all in textures from refined to coarse. Miss Rosa Belinda Coote is an heiress to a large fortune left to her by the unexpected death of her parents when she was 12 years old. She is at that time placed in the care of her grandfather, a retired celebrated General whose own predilection for flagellation is demonstrated with the help of his charge. This creates a lifelong desire in Miss Coote for seeing a good whipping and this book details the many instances, often contrived, to indulge her pleasure. Definitely a must read for those who like such punishment!