Erotic literature takes the form of novels, short stories, poetry , true-life memoirs , and sex manuals. A common feature of the genre is sexual fantasies on such themes as prostitution , orgies , homosexuality , sadomasochism , and many other taboo subjects and fetishes , which may or may not be expressed in explicit language. Despite cultural taboos on such material, 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, like censorship and legal restraints on publication on the grounds of obscenity. Much erotic literature features erotic art , illustrating the text. In ancient Sumer, a whole cycle of poems revolved around the erotic lovemaking between the goddess Inanna and her consort Dumuzid the Shepherd. Many erotic poems have survived from ancient Greece and Rome.
The Romance of LustA classic Victorian erotic novel
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