Lady Bumtickler's Revels

Lady Bumtickler's Revels is a pornographic book written as a spoof libretto for a comic opera on the theme of flagellation.[1] It was written and published by John Camden Hotten in 1872[2] in his series The Library Illustrative of Social Progress.[3][4] It purports to have been "performed at Lady Bumtickler’s private theatre in Birch Grove, with unbounded applause".[5] The characters, Master Lovebirch and Lady Belinda Flaybum, praise the delights of masochism, for example: "the male sex may taste something exquisitely sweet in a whipping from the hands of a woman".[6]

Lady Bumtickler's Revels
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AuthorJohn Camden Hotten
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Media typePrint


  1. ^ Chakravorty, Swapan and Gupta, Abhijit (eds.) (2011). New Word Order: Transnational Themes in Book History. p. 85. Worldview Publications. ISBN 8192065111
  2. ^ John Sutherland (1990). The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Stanford University Press. p. 307. ISBN 0-8047-1842-3.
  3. ^ Prins, Yopie (1999). Victorian Sappho. Princeton University Press. p. 152. ISBN 0-691-05919-5.
  4. ^ Thomas, Donald Serrell (1969). A long time burning: the history of literary censorship in England. Routledge & Kegan Paul. p. 270.
  5. ^ Hurwood, Bernhardt J. (1965). The golden age of erotica. Sherbourne Press. p. 166.
  6. ^ Tony Barrell (30 August 2009). "Rude Britannia: Erotic secrets of the British Museum : The British Museum and British Library have some of the biggest collections of smut in the world including S&M magazines". The Sunday Times.

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