Naughty Bits: The Steamiest and Most Scandalous Sex Scenes from the World's Great Books

Naughty Bits: The Steamiest and Most Scandalous Sex Scenes from the World's Great Books

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by Jack Murnighan
     
 

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The literary education you've always lusted for.

Fresh from the virtual pages of Nerve.com comes this collection of "naughty bits," an irreverent look into the steamy, scandalous side of literature past and present. With bite-sized salacious excerpts from the classics -- new and old -- each with a fresh, insightful introduction, The Naughty Bits presents

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The literary education you've always lusted for.

Fresh from the virtual pages of Nerve.com comes this collection of "naughty bits," an irreverent look into the steamy, scandalous side of literature past and present. With bite-sized salacious excerpts from the classics -- new and old -- each with a fresh, insightful introduction, The Naughty Bits presents the world's great books as you never thought you'd see them.

Includes naughty bits by:

Dante
D. H. Lawrence
Philip Roth
Goethe
Toni Morrison
Julio Cortázar
John Cheever
William Shakespeare
Thaddeus Rutkowski
John Donne
Thomas Malory
Günter Grass
Herman Melville
John Barth
Ernest Hemingway
Erica Jong
Thomas Carew
M. F. K. Fisher
William Kennedy
Jeanette Winterson
Paul West
Harry Mathews
Catullus
Clarice Lispector
Giovanni Boccaccio
James Baldwin
Nicholson Baker
Tom Wolfe
John Wilmot
Kevin Canty
Plato
James Joyce
Lydia Davis
François Rabelais
Kenneth Starr
Henry Miller
John Updike
Geoffrey Chaucer
Marquis de Sade
Sir Philip Sidney
Holly Hughes
Martin Amis
Andrew Marvell
The Pearl Poet
Thomas Pynchon
Sappho
William Gibson
Mark Leyner
Margery Kempe
Jean Genet
Edmund Spenser
John Cleland
Kurt Vonnegut
Anaïs Nin
Petronius
Keith Banner
Umberto Eco
J. G. Ballard
Mario Vargas Llosa
Ovid
Jean de Meun
Catherine Breillat
George Eliot
Kenzaburo Oe
Cormac McCarthy
Larry Flynt
Rupert Brooke
The Old Testament


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Most people don't read a good book or have great sex nearly as often as they should; then again, most people don't know that the Great Works e.g., Joyce's Ulysses, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, and Plato's The Symposium are as rife with "naughty bits" as a frat house is with hormones. The general public has Murnighan, former editor-in-chief of the popular sex web-zine Nerve.com, to thank for gleaning the gamut of world literature for amorous interludes, from the painfully romantic to the puke-inducing. Murnighan first excerpted these findings in the web site's "Naughty Bits" column, of which the cr me de la cr me is collected here. Besides giants like Shakespeare, D.H. Lawrence, Dante, and Herman Melville, lesser-knowns, such as 1960s French teen novelist Catherine Breillant, medieval English autobiographer Margery Kempe, and lesbian playwright Holly Hughes, make appearances alongside contemporary cads Larry Flynt and Kenneth Starr. Almost more savory than the wildly varied extracts are Murnighan's learned prefaces. The fan of erotica, the student of literature, and the aspiring sex worker will all relate to his language, a strangely seamless mix of lit crit and potty talk. Highly recommended for erotica collections and larger world literature collections. Heather McCormack, "Library Journal" Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307422200
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
12/18/2007
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
919,810
File size:
682 KB

Meet the Author

Jack Murnighan received a Ph.D. in literature from Duke University in 1999 while editor-in-chief of Nerve.com, the website that pioneered "literary smut." At Nerve he coedited (with Genevieve Field) the short story collection Full Frontal Fiction (Three Rivers Press, 2000). He now writes essays and fiction full-time. His stories have been chosen for The Best American Erotica in 1999, 2000, and 2001.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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From the Nerve.com website, comes 'The Naughty Bits' from author Jack Murnighan's weekly column 'Jack's Naughty Bits'. It is amazing to see the 'bits' from the Bible to the Starr report. I was surprised to see an analysis on one of the classic novels, 'Moby Dick'....amazing! Reading classic books and modern literature will never be the same after reading 'The Naughty Bits'!