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List of famous erotica books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular erotica books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best erotica novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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18th & Castro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Karin Kallmaker 18th & Castro is a book written by Karin Kallmaker.

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A full and true account of the... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
John Davidson A Full and True Account of the Wonderful Mission of Earl Lavender, which Lasted One Night and One Day; with a History of the Pursuit of Earl Lavender and Lord Brumm by Mrs. Scamler and Maud ...more

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A History of Barbed Wire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Jeff Mann A History of Barbed Wire is a book written by Jeff Mann.

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A Night in a Moorish Harem is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
A Night in a Moorish Harem is an erotic novella anonymously written and narrated by the main character, "Lord George Herbert" in 1896. It recounts a night spent by a shipwrecked ...more

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Ardennian Boy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
William Maltese, Wayne Gunn Ardennian Boy is a book written by William Maltese and Wayne Gunn.

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Belinda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Anne Rice Belinda is a 1986 novel by Anne Rice, originally published in under the pen name Anne Rampling. Belinda follows in the footsteps of Exit to Eden in its themes of the darker side of human ...more

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Best Gay Erotica 2007 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Richard Labonte Best Gay Erotica 2007 is a book edited by Richard Labonte.

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Brass is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Helen Walsh Yet another precocious accounting of the self-destructive sexual addiction/exploration of a young female teenager in Britain with many members of both sexes.

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Bud, Not Buddy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Christopher Paul Curtis Bud, Not Buddy is a children's novel written by Christopher Paul Curtis, published in 1999. The book received the 2000 Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature. Christopher ...more

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Carrie's Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Pam Rosenthal A modern take on the Story of O. A young woman explores the world of S & M.

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Close Contact is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Sean Wolfe Close Contact is a book written by Sean Wolfe.

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Delta of Venus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Anaïs Nin Delta of Venus is a book of fifteen short stories by Anaïs Nin published posthumously in 1977 — though largely written in the 1940s as erotica for a private collector. In 1994 a film ...more

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Dirty Words: Provocative Gay E... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
M. Christian Dirty Words: Provocative Gay Erotica is a book by M. Christian.

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Emmanuelle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Emmanuelle is an erotic novel by Emmanuelle Arsan originally written in French and published in France in 1967. It was translated into and published in English in 1971 by Mayflower Books. It is ...more

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Emmanuelle: The Joys of a Woma... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane, Emmanuelle Arsan

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Equinox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Mel Keegan, Samuel R. Delany Equinox is a 1973 novel by Samuel R. Delany, and is Delany's first published foray into explicitly sexual material. It tells of a series of erotic and violent encounters in a small American ...more

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Exhibition of Female Flagellan... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Exhibition of Female Flagellants is an 1830 pornographic novel published by George Cannon in London and attributed, probably falsely, to Theresa Berkley. The principal activity described is ...more

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Experimental Lecture is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Experimental Lecture is an English pornographic book published in 1878 by the pseudonym "Colonel Spanker" for the "Cosmopolitan Society of Bibliophiles", an imprint of ...more

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Fashionable Lectures is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Fashionable Lectures: composed and delivered with Birch Discipline was a pornographic book originally published in the 18th century and republished by John Camden Hotten as volume 7 of his ...more

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Guilty Pleasure is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Lora Leigh Guilty Pleasure is a book written by Lora Leigh.

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Gynecocracy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Gynecocracy: A Narrative of the Adventures and Psychological Experiences of Julian Robinson is a Victorian pornographic novel in the form of an autobiography by the pseudonymous "Viscount ...more

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The Image of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Philip José Farmer Image of the Beast is a science fiction novel by Philip José Farmer.

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In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Radclyffe, Karin Kallmaker In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip is a book written by Radclyffe and Karin Kallmaker.

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In Praise of the Stepmother is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Mario Vargas Llosa In Praise of the Stepmother is an erotic novel by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010. Published in 1988, it is about a sexually open couple whose ...more

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Infernala comedie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Emil Brumaru

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Josephine Mutzenbacher is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Josephine Mutzenbacher – The Life Story of a Viennese Whore, as Told by Herself is an erotic novel first published anonymously in Vienna, Austria in 1906. The novel is famous in the ...more

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Juliette is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Marquis de Sade Juliette is a novel written by the Marquis de Sade and published 1797–1801, accompanying Sade's Nouvelle Justine. While Justine, Juliette's sister, was a virtuous woman who consequently ...more

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Justine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Marquis de Sade Justine is a classic 1791 novel by Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, better known as the Marquis de Sade. There is no standard edition of this text in hardcover, having passed into the ...more

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Kama Sutra is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Vātsyāyana The Kama Sutra is an ancient Indian Hindu text widely considered to be the standard work on human sexual behavior in Sanskrit literature written by Vātsyāyana. A portion of the work consists of ...more

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Lady Chatterley's Lover is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
D. H. Lawrence Lady Chatterley's Lover is a novel by D. H. Lawrence, first published in 1928. The first edition was printed privately in Florence, Italy, with assistance from Pino Orioli; an unexpurgated ...more

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Les Onze Mille Verges ou les A... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Guillaume Apollinaire Les Onze Mille Verges ou les Amours d'un hospodar is a pornographic novel by French author Guillaume Apollinaire, published in 1907 over his initials "G.A.". The title contains a play ...more

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Macho Sluts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Patrick Califia Macho Sluts is a 1988 book of erotic short stories by Pat Califia, published by Alyson Publications. Exploring S/M fantasy concepts, it includes the stories "The Calyx of Isis" and ...more

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Raped on the Railway is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Raped on the Railway: a True Story of a Lady who was first ravished and then flagellated on the Scotch Express is an anonymous English pornographic story published in 1894 by Charles Carrington ...more

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Rapture is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Susan Minot Erotic account of a final oral sexual encounter between two ex-lovers.

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Red Light is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
J. D. Glass Red Light is a book written by J. D. Glass.

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Rode Hard, Put Away Wet: Lesbi... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Rode Hard, Put Away Wet: Lesbian Cowboy Erotica is a book edited by Sachi Green (Connie Wilkins) and Rakelle Valencia.

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Sadopaideia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Sadopaideia: Being the Experiences of Cecil Prendergast Undergraduate of the University of Oxford Shewing How he was Led Through the Pleasant Paths of Masochism to the Supreme joys of Sadism is ...more

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Sex Tips from Rock Stars is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Sex Tips from Rock Stars: In Their Own Words is a book by Paul Miles that quotes answers from twenty three rock stars to many questions on a broad range of sexual topics. The editors claim that ...more

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Sexperiencias is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Milena Ivanova “Sexperiencias” (Sexperiences) is an erotic novel by Milena Ivanova about a girl from Madrid searching for her place in life, so far without success: she falls in and out of love, she leaves and ...more

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Story of O is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Pauline Réage Story of O is an erotic novel published in 1954 by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage, and published in French by Jean-Jacques Pauvert. Desclos did not reveal ...more

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The 120 Days of Sodom, or the ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Marquis de Sade The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinism is a novel by the French writer and nobleman Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade. Described as both pornographic and erotic, it ...more

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The Academy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Laura Antoniou

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The adventures of Lucky Pierre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Robert Coover The Adventures of Lucky Pierre: Director's Cut is a novel by Robert Coover, published in 2002. The title is the same as a 1961 nudie cutie film, and like the film, the novel is divided into ...more

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The Amatory Experiences of a S... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
James Campbell Reddie The Amatory Experiences of a Surgeon is a pornographic novel by James Campbell Reddie under the pseudonym of "James Campbell" published in London in 1881. The narrative gives a view of ...more

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The Carnal Prayer Mat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Li Yu Rouputuan, also known as Huiquanbao and Juehouchan, and translated as The Carnal Prayer Mat or The Before Midnight Scholar, is a Chinese erotic novel of the Qing Dynasty published under a ...more

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The Convent School, or Early E... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
The Convent School, or Early Experiences of A Young Flagellant is a 19th-century work of sado-masochistic pornography, written under the pseudonym Rosa Coote and published by William Dugdale in ...more

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The Girls of Radcliff Hall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners The Girls of Radcliff Hall is a roman à clef novel in the form of a lesbian girls' school story written in the 1930s by the British composer and bon-vivant Gerald Berners, the 14th Lord ...more

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The Golden Age of Lesbian Erot... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
The Golden Age of Lesbian Erotica: 1920-1940 is a book edited Victoria A. Brownworth and Judith M. Redding.

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The Intimate Adventures of a L... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
Belle de Jour The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl are memoirs of a former London call girl written by Dr. Brooke Magnanti, under the pseudonym Belle de Jour. From the summer of 2003 to the autumn of ...more

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The Lustful Turk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Erotica Books and Novels
The Lustful Turk, or Lascivious Scenes from a Harem is a pre-Victorian British erotic epistolary novel first published anonymously in 1828 by John Benjamin Brookes and reprinted by William ...more