According to late Greek sources on classical mythology, Astyanassa (Ancient Greek: Ἀστυάνασσα) was Helen of Troy’s maid. The 10th century scholar Photius, citing Ptolemy Chennus, mentions the story that Aphrodite lent her magical embroidered band (kestos himas) to Helen, to ensure that Paris would fall in love with her, and that Astyanassa stole it. The Byzantine dictionary Suda adds the legend that Astyanassa was the first erotic author (in a tradition that included two other women writers, Philaenis and Elephantis): she wrote a book about sexual positions.
Edward Sellon (1818–1866) was an English writer, translator, and illustrator of erotic literature. Edward Sellon was born 6 Jan 1818 in Brighton, England (bap. 9 July 1818 in Paddington, England), the only child of Edward Sellon (1791–1822) and Laura Willats (b. 1794). Read: Alfred de Musset
Benjamin Péret (4 July 1899 – 18 September 1959) was a French poet, Parisian Dadaist and a founder and central member of the French Surrealist movement with his avid use of Surrealist automatism. Benjamin Péret was born in Rezé, France on 4 July 1899. He, as a child, acquired little education due to his dislike […]
Mason Kass Hoffenberg (December 1922 – 1 June 1986) was an American writer best known for having written the satiric novel Candy in collaboration with Terry Southern. Hoffenberg was born in New York City into a wealthy Jewish family. His father, Isidore Hoffenberg, was a successful self-made businessman. Sent to a military academy, he dropped […]
John Robert Fowles (/faʊlz/; 31 March 1926 – 5 November 2005) was an English novelist of international stature, critically positioned between modernism and postmodernism. His work reflects the influence of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, among others. After leaving Oxford University, Fowles taught English at a school on the Greek island of Spetses, a sojourn […]
Paride da Ceresara (10 February 1466 – 1532) was an Italian humanist, poet, alchemist and astrologer. He was born in Ceresara and was descended from the Ceresara, a noble family. He was in the service of Isabella d’Este in Mantua and came up with the mythological, allegorical and celebratory themes for at least two of […]