A Natural History of Love

A Natural History of Love

by Diane Ackerman
     
 

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The bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses now explores the allure of adultery, the appeal of aphrodisiacs, and the cult of the kiss. Enchantingly written and stunningly informed, this "audaciously brilliant romp through the world of romantic love" (Washington Post Book World) is the next best thing to love itself.

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The bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses now explores the allure of adultery, the appeal of aphrodisiacs, and the cult of the kiss. Enchantingly written and stunningly informed, this "audaciously brilliant romp through the world of romantic love" (Washington Post Book World) is the next best thing to love itself.

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In her long-anticipated companion volume to A Natural History of the Senses, Ackerman mines deep within the caves of human emotion for artifacts of 'the great intangible': love. Proceeding with the disdainful understanding that sociologists prefer to study negative behaviors and emotions, Ackerman sets out on her exploration by reviewing the lessons provided across time by such lovers as Antony and Cleopatra, Orpheus and Eurydice, Dido and Aeneas, Abelard and Eloise, and Romeo and Juliet. During this journey, she explores the neurophysiology of love and exposes the components of modern-day relationships, from the 'New Age Sensitive Guy'' to sexual chic. With dazzling poetic charm and insight, she uses history, literature, science, psychology, and personal experience as tools to illuminate the vigor and vehemence of the thrilling, devastating, and comforting phenomenon of love. -- David R. Johnson, Louisiana State University Library
-- Kate Kelly, Treadwell Lib., Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
-- Kate Kelly, Treadwell Lib., Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Book World Washington Post
[An] audaciously brilliant romp through the world of romantic love. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679761839
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Edition description:
1st Vintage Books Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
256,548
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.82(d)

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