Playboy is the sultry staple when it comes to sexy magazines, but what do you turn to when your urgings run a little more literary? According to the longtime purveyors of gentlemen's entertainment, here are the 25 sexiest books ever. But what is Judy Blume doing on this list?

Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

John Cleland

Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure
Fanny Hill has been a notorious novel since it first appeared in London in 1748-9. Banned for its "obscene" content, this fictional account of a young woman's unconventional route to middle-class respectability is, in fact, a lively and engaging comic romp through the boudoirs and brothels of Augustan England.

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Lady Chatterley's Lover

D.H. Lawrence

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Banned in England and America for obscenity, Lady Chatterley's Lover was Lawrence's most ambitious attempt to present his vision of the mystery and wonder of sex. Lawrence described the book as "beautiful and tender and frail as the naked self".

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Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller

Tropic of Cancer

Now an American classic, Henry Miller's novel was banned in the U.S. for 27 years. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller's famed mixture of memoir and fiction. Tropic of Cancer chronicles with unapologetic gusto the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s.

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Story of O

Pauline Reage

Story of O

One of the most influential works in the erotica genre, this classic touches upon female submission and sadomasochism in relating the love of a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer for Rene. As part of that intense love, she demands debasement and severe sexual and pychological tests. Not surprisingly, this novel was banned for several years.

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Crash

J.G. Ballard

Crash

A classic of underground literature, the cult status of Crash has intensified since its original publication in 1973 and its major motion adaptation in 1996, directed by David Cronenberg. In this hallucinatory novel, the car provides the hellish tableau in which Vaughan, a 'TV scientist', experiments with erotic atrocities among crash victims, each more sinister than the last.

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Interview with the Vampire

Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire

Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, these confessions of a vampire has become a cult classic since its publication in 1976. Described as a novel of beauty, force, danger and flight - and of love and loss, suspense and resolution - it was made into a major motion picture in 1994. Rice went on to write several sequels, and they become collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles.

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Portnoy's Complaint

Philip Roth

Portnoy's Complaint

This modern classic of the Jewish American experience centers around one Alexander Portnoy, who on the couch of his psychoanalyst, confesses everything from his adolescent preoccupation with masturbation to his subjugation by his dominating mother, Sophie.

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The Magus

John Fowles

The Magus

Nicholas Urfe, an evasive young Englishman, accepts a teaching position on a remote Greek island, where his friendship with a reclusive, demonic millionaire lures him into "the godgame": an elaborate series of staged hallucinations, riddles, and psychological traps meant to test his concept of being and reality.

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Also making it onto the list

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

 

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