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Erotolepsy is a term first used by English author Thomas Hardy in his 1895 novel Jude the Obscure[1] to describe a passionate sensual desire and longing which is more violent and urgently felt than erotomania.[2] It has been variously described as "love-seizure" and "sexual recklessness".[3] The term is a portmanteau of Eroto and Lepsy, and has since become more widely used, including by American poet Susan Mitchell in her 2001 poetry collection Erotikon.[4]


  1. ^ Thomas Hardy (1983). Jude the Obscure. Plain Label Books. p. 204. ISBN 1-60303-779-9. 
  2. ^ Maria DiBattista (1991). First Love: The Affections of Modern Fiction. University of Chicago Press. p. 93. ISBN 0-226-14498-4. 
  3. ^ John Sutherland (2005). So You Think You Know Thomas Hardy?: A Literary Quizbook. p. 214. ISBN 0-19-280443-X. 
  4. ^ Thomas Bartscherer (2005). Erotikon: Essays on Eros, Ancient and Modern. University of Chicago Press. p. 27. ISBN 0-226-03838-6.