Leck mich im Arsch [K. 231] (Lick me in the Arse), 1782,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)
Hie Thee to th’ Lib’ry, 2000, Terry Victor (1952 -)
Domestic Manners of the Americans, 1832, Frances Trollope (1780-1863)

Chapter One

In Which We Lay Out Our Purpose
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, 1928, D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)
Tess of the D’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman, 1891, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
Little Dorritt, 1855-7, Charles Dickens (1812-70)
Exeter Book of Riddles, c.975, ed. W. S. Mackie
A Mayde wente to thridd a needle, 15c.. Anon.

Chapter Two

In Which the Nature of Man is Taken in Hand
An Ideal Husband, 1895, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
The King James’ Bible: Genesis 38: v.8-10, 1611
The Talmud, CE200-408 [CE ‘Common Era’ replaces AD ‘Anno Domini’]
Michelangelo, in full Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564) addressing Pope Julius II (who is sometimes credited with the quotation)
On the Science of Onanism, 1879, Mark Twain (1835-1910)
The Choise of Valentines, c.1593, Thomas Nashe (1567-1601)
Dildoides, 1672, Samuel Butler (1613-80)
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, 1759-67, Laurence Sterne (1713-68)
The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewitt, 1843-4, Charles Dickens (1812-70)

Chapter Three

In Which We See the Gentle Commodities of Woman
The Harlot Un-mask’d, (broadside ballad) c.1707, Anon.
The Tunnyng of Eleanor Rummynge, John Skelton (?1460-1529)
Clothes Do Cozen Us, Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
A Scotch Song in Wit and Mirth: or Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1719,
Thomas D’Urfey (1653-1723)
Advice to a Cuntmonger, (published posthumously)
John Wilmot, 2nd Earl Rochester (1647-80)
Cywydd y Cedor (“Ode to Pubic Hair”), Gwerful Mechain (?1462-1502)
Villette, 1853, Charlotte Brontë (1816-55)
Northanger Abbey, published posthumously 1818, Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Aesop’s Fables, ?Aesop (c. 620-564BCE ), ed. Robert and Olivia Temple
The King James’ Bible: Ezekiel 23: v.2&3, 1611
New International Version Bible, 1973-2011, Ezekiel 23: v.19&20
The Soldier’s Fortune, 1680, Thomas Otway (1652-85)

… to your taste…

Commentaries, 58-48 BCE, Julius Caesar (100-44BCE)
Jin Ping Mei (The Golden Lotus), late 16c. trans. Clement Egerton, 1939
Femmes, 1890, Paul Verlaine (1844-96)

Chapter Four

In Which our Well Thumbed Themes Come Together
H. G. Wells (1886-1946)
in My Autobiography, 1964, Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)
Othello, 1604, William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Symposium, 371BCE, Plato (c.427-c.387), ed. H. Rackham
The Merry Muses: A Choice Collection of Favourite Songs Gathered from Many Sources by Robert Burns, privately printed 1827, Robert Burns (1751-96)
Mémoires, published posthumously 1826-38, Giacomo Casanova (1725-98)
Journal, 1763, James Boswell (1740-95)
Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, 1749-9, John Cleland (1709-98)
The Geranium, 1789, Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816)
Go Labour On; Spend, and be Spent (hymn), 1843, Horatius Bonar (1808-89)
Romeo and Juliet, 1597, William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
1601, 1876, Mark Twain (1835-1910)
My Mistress’s Cunny in Wit and Mirth: or Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1719,
Thomas D’Urfey (1653-1723)

Chapter Five

In Which We Embrace the Business of Courtship and Marriage
Anna Karenina, 1873, Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
Letter, whilst on honeymoon 1846, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61)
The Curious Husband, 1671, Aphra Behn (1640-89)
The Life and Death of Mr.Badman, 1680, John Bunyan (1628-1762)

Chapter Six

In Which Our Principles are Playing Abroad
King Lear, 1606, William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love), Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso] (43BCE-CE18),
trans. John Dryden (1631-1700)
completed by William Congreve (1670-1729)
Don Juan, 1819-24; unfinished, Lord Byron (1788-1824)
The Jew of Malta, c.1590, Christopher Marlowe (1564-93)
The Country Wife, 1975, William Wycherly (1641-1715)
The Man Under the Tub, 14c., Dafydd ap Gwilym (d.1350)
The Quran, CE644-56, compiled by Uthman ibn Affan (CE576-656)

Chapter Seven

In Which Practice Makes Perverts
The 120 Days of Sodom, 1785, Marquis de Sade (1740-1814)
In Chancery, 1920 (The Forsyte Saga, 1922), John Galsworthy (1867-1933)
Venus in Furs, 1870, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836-1895)
Ulysses, 1922, James Joyce (1882-1941)
Dracula, 1897, Bram Stoker (1847-1912)
Satyricon, (probably Gaius) Petronius (CE27-CE66)
Diary entry, 1st July 1663, Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)
Remembrance of Things Past, 1922-31 (in English), Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
Corinna, 1712, Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Chapter Eight

Boys into Men and Vice Versa
Little Lord Fauntleroy, 1886, Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)
The Birds, 414BCE, Aristophanes (?446-386BCE)
History of the Twelve Caesars, 121CE, Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (CE70-122)
The King James’ Bible: Romans 1: v.27, 1611
Life of Lycurgus, 75CE, Plutarch (c. CE45-120), trans. John Dryden, 1683
Dialogues of the Courtesan, BCE43, Lucian of Samosata, (c. CE 125-200)
My Life and Loves, 1922, Frank Harris (1855-1931)
Mansfield Park, 1814, Jane Austen (1775-1817)
The Man with the Twisted Lip, 1891, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
The Can-Can at Valentino’s, 1849, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82)
The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, 1885,
Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-90)
Moby Dick, 1851, Herman Melville (1819-91)

Chapter the Last

Happy Ever After?
Little Red Riding Hood, 1697, Charles Perrault (1628-1703)
Canterbury Tales: The Miller’s Tale, 1387, Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400)
To His Mistris Going to Bed, published posthumously 1654,
John Donne, (1572-1631)
Venus and Adonis, 1593; Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, 1601; Hamlet, 1603
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
The Riddle in Wit and Mirth: or Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1719,
Thomas D’Urfey (1653-1723)
'So if you’re aged 14 and up and want to laugh your a*se off, this show is definitely for you.' FringeTheatreFest reviews

Summer 2018: Well Thumbed was at the Guildford Fringe Festival on July 4, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive on July 21 and the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts on August 27.

Everything that follows is last year's news.
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  • Chapter Arts in Cardiff July 26 and 27
  • Whitespace (Venue 375) on the Edinburgh Fringe August 5-27

Well Thumbed is a mischievous celebration of classic literature, conceived and performed by Terry Victor

Well Thumbed will be accompanied by a small exhibition of mischievous portraits by Carl Chapple.

Here's an interview that Terry did for ArtsCulture in support of the Barnstaple Fringe Fest:
Arts Culture interview

Nincumpoop! It's a pic from a Wigtown arts project - attempting to capture and display all the authors and performers who were a part of the 2016 festival:
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On stage in the first preview (reviewed below) at Chapter, Cardiff - 28th September 2016
(we'll be back - revised, stronger and sillier in July 2017)
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We particularly enjoyed this response that came in on Facebook Messenger...
"They loved it!!! Particularly my stepdad, who has talked of little else all morning and who is still chuckling away!!! 😄"

A review from Theatre Wales

A review from Arts Scene in Wales

On stage - Wigtown Book Festival - 30th September 2016:
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Carl Chapple's Well Thumbed portraits:

The gallery of mischievous Well Thumbed author portraits has been created by Carl Chapple. His work is held in private collections across the UK and internationally, and in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art Cymru.

Originally from Dartmoor, after studying painting at St Martin’s School of Art, London, Carl spent time in Greece, Turkey and Italy, where he drew a great deal and further developed his interest in Classical and Renaissance painting and sculpture. He works almost exclusively from the figure.

Hover over an image to see the title: click the image to enlarge it and view in a gallery.