The Memoirs of Dolly Morton

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The Memoirs of Dolly Morton: The Story of A Woman’s Part in the Struggle to Free the Slaves, An Account of the Whippings, Rapes, and Violences that Preceded the Civil War in America, with Curious Anthropological Observations on the Radical Diversities in the Conformation of the Female Bottom and the Way Different Women Endure Chastisement is a pornographic novel published in London in 1899 under the pseudonym Jean de Villiot, probably Hugues Rebell[1] or Charles Carrington who published the work.[2] Another edition was published in Philadelphia in 1904.[3]

The book relates the misadventures of Quakers Dolly Morton and her companion Miss Dove who venture into the American South to help with an Underground Railroad.[4] They are captured by a lynch mob, flogged and made to ride the rail, and Dolly Morton is forced to be the mistress of a plantation owner.[3][5] The book is written as the memoirs of Dolly Morton after she has become a madam.[6]

It has been suggested that it may have been an influence on James Joyce's novel Ulysses [7]


  1. ^ Kearney, Patrick J. (1982). A history of erotic literature. Parragon. p. 161. ISBN 1-85813-198-7.
  2. ^ Goldman, Emma (2004). Falk, Candace; Pateman, Barry; Moran, Jessica M., eds. Emma Goldman: Making speech free, 1902-1909 (Volume 2 of Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years, Jessica M. Moran). University of California Press. pp. 513–514. ISBN 0-520-22569-4.
  3. ^ a b Library Company of Philadelphia (1996). 1995 Annual Report. Library Company of Philadelphia. p. 28. ISBN 1-4223-6128-4.
  4. ^ DeCosta-Willis, Miriam; Martin, Reginald; Bell, Roseann P. (1992). Erotique noire. Doubleday. p. 90. ISBN 0-385-42308-X.
  5. ^ "The Memoirs of Dolly Morton (1899)". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  6. ^ Slade, Joseph W. (2001). Pornography and sexual representation: a reference guide. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 55. ISBN 0-313-31519-1.
  7. ^ Uszkalo, K. C. (1 December 2008). "The Memoirs of Dolly Morton: Possible Source for James Joyce's Ulysses?". Notes and Queries. 55 (4): 510–514. doi:10.1093/notesj/gjn181. Retrieved 6 November 2017.


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  • Donald Serrell Thomas, A Long Time Burning: the history of literary censorship in England, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969, p. 314