Professor Romeo

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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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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)
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874518092
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Series: Hardscrabble Books-Fiction of New England
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Bernays
Anne Bernays
Daughter of Edward Bernays, known as "the father of Public Relations," and the grandniece of Sigmund Freud, Anne Bernays has made a name for herself in the literary world. Author of the influential writing textbook What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, she is perhaps best known for her stirring novels, including Professor Romeo and Trophy House.

Biography

Anne Bernays is a novelist (including Professor Romeo and Growing Up Rich) and coauthor, with her husband, Justin Kaplan, of Back Then: Two Lives in 1950s New York. Her articles, book reviews and essays have appeared in such major publications as The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and The Nation. A longtime teacher of writing, she is coauthor, with Pamela Painter, of the textbook What If? Ms. Bernays currently teaches at Harvard's Nieman Foundation. She and Mr. Kaplan have six grandchildren. They live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Truro, Cape Cod.

Author biography courtesy of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating out takes from our interview with Bernays:

"I've written a memoir, Back Then, which has a lot of dicey stuff in it. And it's a good read! I'm fixated on how things work and how groups of people work with and against each other. I'm also a passionate liberal, and am convinced that this administration is so business-oriented that it's forgotten to serve the people who elected it. I'm a lifelong Democrat and have voted in every election since 1952."

"We have three daughters, five grandsons and one granddaughter. I think about them all the time. They have pet names for me. I don't see them nearly enough."

"Justin and I play word games at breakfast. I'm a demon walker and walk about ten miles – briskly -- a week. We have two dogs, Pansy and Daisy, who seem to occupy more time and emotional space than they ought to."

"Justin and I love to travel. We go on these ‘educational' trips, where Harvard professors tell you what you're going to see or what you have just seen."

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    1. Hometown:
      Cambridge, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 14, 1930
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Wellesley College, 1948-1950; B A., Barnard College, 1952

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