Talk:My Secret Life (erotic memoir)
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To my opinion, Ashbee can not be the author of "My secret life".
According to the relevant Wiki-article, Ashbee was born in 1834. However, "Walter's" book reports in its first chapters s e v e r a l times, that there were NO railways when "Walter" was 16 to 18 years old. 1834 + 16 = 1850.
So, who would pretend that, in 1850, there were no railways in Britain? Particularly, since "Walter" lived in the outskirts of London, the centre of Britain? And who would pretend that railway construction started in, say, Doomington, Yorkshire?
I think we should look for an author who has been born around 1815 or even before. At the latest, he would have been 17 years old (= born in 1815) when the first railways were constructed. Also, he would have been a smart business man of 34 when he attended the Paris World Fair in 1849, as he reports. (This is plausible; but a boy of 15 would never have been sent there.)
And "Walter" would have been 73 years old when he launched the publication of his erotic memoirs in 1888. This, too, seems quite plausible. It would fit quite well to "Walter's" mourning: "I stop here and say Farewell to Eros" (summarized quotation). If born in 1834, he would have been 54 in 1888. Which man of his calibre would mourn about losing the temptation of Eros at this young age of 54 ? <cross of the south>
I have to correct myself. "Walter" may have been born around 1815 but not before. So, to my opinion, William Simpson Potter cannot be the author either. "Walter" reports in volume II, chapter 16, that he met "two years after the battle of Solferino" (1859 + 2 = 1861) an Alsacian woman who told him a story which happened exactly the day before that battle. Walter states that he was as that time in his best "middle ages". In 1861 Potter, born in 1805, would have been 56 years old. Which man would call this his "middle ages"?? <cross of the south. 120521.> — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 06:46, 21 May 2012 (UTC)
- Not sure your logic holds here - Middle age is currently defined as starting as early as 35. I'm not sure how it would have been defined in the mid 1800's... Snori (talk) 02:13, 12 June 2012 (UTC)
Consequence: "Walter" is neither Ashbee nor Potter. The assumption seems correct that the book is either a compliation of facts and fiction or written by several persons - perhaps even by Ashbee and Potter together. We will never know. And this does not matter: It is and will always be an outstanding piece of erotic literature. <cross of the south.120521.> — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 07:06, 21 May 2012 (UTC)