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History Laid Bare: Love, Sex, and Perversity from the Ancient Etruscans to Warren G. Harding
     

History Laid Bare: Love, Sex, and Perversity from the Ancient Etruscans to Warren G. Harding

by Richard Zacks
 

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Library Journal - Library Journal
According to columnist and investigative reporter Zacks ( The Atlantic Monthly , Time , and more), human sexuality has been stripped from our history books by overzealous Victorians and prudish scholars. Thus, we have been spared exposure to Mark Twain's eloquent diatribe against masturbation or medieval German priest Burchard's catalog of 200 different sexual sins and their punishments dating back to 1012. Attempting to amuse, enlighten, and fill in the gaps, Zacks compiles a collection of revealing stories, fragments, and vignettes culled from the letters, court cases, doctor's reports, travel notebooks, diaries, and texts of the famous and not-so-famous. When placed end to end, these accounts create an anecdotal time line of human sexuality. However, the quality level of the entries is inconsistent and, given their fragmentary nature, devoid of historical context. Despite its few eyebrow-raising entries, this title is not recommended.-- David R. Johnson, Louisiana State Univ. Lib., Eunice
Booknews
Intending to amuse, enlighten, and fill in the gaps, Zacks plunders history for sexual tidbits and lore from the bawdy to the weird to, in some cases, the horrifying, from 1400 BC Hittite tablets to Joan of Arc, a French love manual to an eyewitness account of sex with the devil, Karl Marx to President Harding. Although it is fragmentary, decontextualized, and contains few female voices, it nevertheless makes for entertaining reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060169534
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
320

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