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Erotic Literature Sex Books
Erotic literaturecomprises fictional and/or factual stories and accounts of human sexual relationships that have the power to or are intended to arouse the reader sexually.Sucheroticatakes the form of novels, short stories,poetry, true-lifememoirs, andsex manuals. A common feature of the genre issexual fantasieson such themes asprostitution,orgies,homosexuality,sadomasochism, and many other taboo subjects andfetishes, which may or may not be expressed in explicit language.Other common elements aresatireandsocial criticism. Despite culturaltabooson such material, the circulation of erotic literature was not seen as a major problem before the invention of printing, as the costs of producing individual manuscripts limited distribution to a very small group of readers. The invention of printing, in the 15th century, brought with it both a greater market and increasing restrictions, likecensorshipand legal restraints on publication on the grounds ofobscenity.Because of this, much of the production of this type of material becameclandestine.