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Erotica

Contemporary

   
SOCIETY HOOKERLED ON BY COMPULSION by Leila James
Suddenly in the early 70s, Erotica was everywhere -- beckoning housewives and mothers to transform from "The Happy Homemaker" of the 50s to "The Happy Hooker" of the 70s.   Mainstream publishers stocked the shelves of drugstores, grocery stores and bookstores with tastefully-designed erotic paperbacks -- the words "SENSUOUS"and "HOOKER" replacing the buzzwords of the previous decade such as "SIN,""HARLOT" and "SLUT."  I seem to recall several months of confusion around that time -- thinking that Xaviera Hollander was some some sort of snoozy needlepoint maven, until I read page 34 with a certain South African German Sheperd.  Men were clearly enjoying reading these "non-fiction" turn-on books as well, and it wasn''t long before men were being called away from their men's mags market where they were positioned as little more than oglers and boasters to be "SENSUOUS" MEN -- a calling to which many enjoyed answering.  The mainstream "sex-book" has dwindled from the marketplace, owing to the inclusion of steamy sex passages in all sorts of "regular" contemporary novels, beginning with THE GODFATHER, PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT and even JAWS -- leaving erotica to enrobe itself in more strictly literary clothing -- ultra-restrained glossy, soft-focus covers with similarly soft-focus titles -- now employing a new set of buzzwords "AWAKENING," "CARESS," "SILKEN" and such.  

Be sure to cross-check the "Writers" and "Artists" and "Themes" areas also!  

New publishers are emerging and they will be featured here as well.  

   

Here's a multi-publisher catalog selection of Contemporary Erotica books.    
 
THE HAPPY HOOKER

Xaviera Hollander
w/ Robin Moore & Yvonne Dunleavy
Dell 3450
First Printing (1972)
NEAR FINE or better
$12
XAVIERA GOES WILD!

Xaviera Hollander
Warner-59-632
First Printing (1974)
NEAR FINE
$12
THE SENSUOUS MAN

"M"
Dell 7916
First Dell Printing (1972)
VERY GOOD PLUS or better
$10
SOCIETY HOOKER

Betsy Winston
Zebra 8468-0008
First Zebra Printing (1974)
FINE MINUS
$14
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SARAH'S AWAKENING

Susan V. Billings
Zebra 89083-536-5
First Zebra Printing (1979)
FINE MINUS
$14
LOVE'S CARESS

Constance Renoir
Pandora PN-1004
First Printing (1983)
FINE MINUS
$14
HEALING PASSION

Sylvie Ouellette
Black Lace
First Printing (1995)
FINE MINUS
$14
LED ON BY COMPULSION

Leila James
Black Lace
First Printing (1995)
NEAR FINE
$12
CONTEMPORARY EROTICA
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