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There exists moreover a vast number of English erotic novels which from various causes I have not comprised in my gathering. Enough will however have been analysed to enable my readers to form an estimate of the nature and value of these performances, and they will probably agree with me that they were, with one or two exceptions, written by men devoid of learning and possessing little or no skill in their craft. As literary productions they are worthless, and what attention we may be inclined to devote to them must spring from other causes.
Pisanus Fraxi: Catena librorum tacendorum