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The erotomaniac : the secret life of Henry Spencer Ashbee

Author: Ian Gibson
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"To all intents and purposes, Henry Spencer Ashbee was a prosperous and respectable Victorian gentleman. But his well-upholstered chambers in Gray's Inn concealed a shocking secret: Ashbee's vast collection of erotica and pornography, thousands of volumes strong." "Acclaimed biographer Ian Gibson has created an engrossing portrait of Ashbee, a man who happily supported his unsuspecting wife and four children, but  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Henry Spencer Ashbee; Henry Spencer Ashbee
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Gibson
ISBN: 0306810646 9780306810640
OCLC Number: 48495402
Description: xv, 285 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Ian Gibson.

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"The Erotomaniac" is the life and times of a Victorian gentleman of irrepressible curiosity and shockingly repressed desire. Gibson, the acclaimed biographer of Lorca and Dalai, now turns his  Read more...

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