James Joyce Wanted A Spanking

As soon as I saw the ErosBlog post linking to A Portrait of The Artist As A Young Pervert, I knew I had to share James Joyce’s fervid desire for a spanking, as expressed in a letter to his wife in Selected Letters Of James Joyce:

Punish me as much as you like. I would be delighted to feel my flesh tingling under your hand. Do you know what I mean, Norah dear? I wish you would smack me or flog me even. Not in play, dear, in earnest and on my naked flesh. I wish you were strong, strong, dear, and had a big full bosom and big fat thighs. I would love to be whipped by you, Norah love! I would love to have done something to displease you, something trivial even, perhaps one of my dirty habits that make you laugh: and then to hear you call me into your room and to find you sitting in an armchair with your fat thighs apart and your face deep red with anger and a cane in your hand.

As prose goes, I think it beats the hell out of any “commodius vicus of recirculation” you could point to.

  1. Goddess with a Whip commented on May 29th, 2009:

    Goodness. Isn’t that a literary gem? Perhaps if she had obliged him, he might have been sated instead of writing his famous “episodes.”

  2. Graham commented on May 30th, 2009:

    Do you think he’s trying to egg her on with all those “fat thighs” comments?! Naughty, naughty James… ; )

  3. Emma Jane commented on June 1st, 2009:

    Hey thanks for posting this. As an Irish girl it thrills me to know of his perverted ways!! Also plan to link to it on my blog.

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