Henry Spencer Ashbee seemed a prosperous and respectable Victorian gentleman.
But his well-upholstered chambers in Gray's Inn concealed a shocking secret: a vast collection of erotica and pornography, thousands of volumes strong.
This is an account of Victorian curiosity, repression and subverted desire.
Ian Gibson has created a portrait of Ashbeen which examines the evidence that Ashbeen himself may have been the author of the most famous work of Victorian erotica, "My Secret Life".
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 01/02/2002
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780571209040