Professor Romeo

Professor Romeo

by Anne Bernays
     
 

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The story of Jacob Barker, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and the campus Don Juan. With merciless pen and eye, Anne Bernays chronicles the conquests of the campus romeo from his undergraduate affairs to the terrifying moment he is called to account by the newly appointed Dean of Women's Affairs, who happens to be a former lover.

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The story of Jacob Barker, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and the campus Don Juan. With merciless pen and eye, Anne Bernays chronicles the conquests of the campus romeo from his undergraduate affairs to the terrifying moment he is called to account by the newly appointed Dean of Women's Affairs, who happens to be a former lover.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bernays ( Growing Up Rich ) has drawn an instantly familiar character inJake Barker, a philandering Harvard professor whose rise and fall is sharply delineated here. The author of a ``trailblazing bestseller about gender differentiation,'' Jake, ironically, cannot resist young flesh and has no regard for the consequences of his affairs. Despite a chaotic personal life, he has had a successful career but, always ``tainted by weakness, plagued by wayward hungers,'' he has run the risk of losing everything. In fact, when Jake ischarged with sexual harassment, he discovers that his campus nickname has become ``Professor Romeo.'' The tribunal is unfortunately led by an embittered ex-lover, and Jake knows he is doomed. ``Once you have forfeited your job, your reputation, your standing in society, your amour propre, and the privilege of using the Harvard athletic facilities, what else could be takenfrom you that mattered?'' Bernayshas in this bitterly ironic story captured many essential truths about the political and moral issues inside a university. Finely crafted prose makes it possible for readers to sympathizewith a hero who is a first-class scoundrel. (July)
A rewriting of the Don Juan myth, with plenty of bite, good Cambridge atmosphere and a nice line in social and emotional observation . . . The novel is, above all, a work of sharp irony, standing back from making simple or fashionable judgments and taking a nicely jaundiced view of our contemporary sexual skirmishes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874518092
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Series:
Hardscrabble Books-Fiction of New England
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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