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Deborah Lutz Dishes the Dirt On Victorian Sex Rebels

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In a quest to pull the covers off prim Victorian society, Deborah Lutz, a renowned New York scholar and Professor of Victorian literature and culture at Long Island University, researched the work and lives of a group of Victorian freethinkers who blazed a trail for many current trends in modern art and literature.


Great interview Cole! Really enjoyed this read.

Lisabet Sarai  

An excellent column, Cole. I've got to get hold of this book, as I've always been fascinated by the contrast between public morality and private debauchery during the Victorian era. The theme shows up in a number of my books.


Sounds like an awesome book.


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