I wanted to give a quick shout-out to an awesome Kickstarter project: Ph.D. student Justin O’Hearn (@justinohearn) is going to buy one of only two known copies of a piece of Victorian erotica which Oscar Wilde may have a hand in writing. The public has never had access to this book before!
Here’s Justin’s plan, in a nutshell:
0. Use the money from the Kickstarter to purchase a copy of Des Grieux when it goes up for auction.
1. Study the book as part of his dissertation.
2. Edit and publish a second edition of the book, so that everyone can read it!
3. Donate the book to the British Library to preserve public access to the book forever.
If you’re a fan of Oscar Wilde, or you likeVictorian erotica, or you just like the idea of getting more smut out into the world, consider supporting Justin’s project!
Hat-tip to ErosBlog for pointing out this awesome project.
Thank you for all your support! I’ve been really bowled over by all the good people backing this project.
You’re very welcome! I’m really excited for you. I think it means a lot to folks that you are trying to preserve a piece of literature in a way that it will be accessible to everyone. To me, being sex-positive is not just about what’s happening now, it’s also about understanding and celebrating human sexuality throughout history.