The Literary Companion to Sex [NOOK Book]

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A tantalizing read, The Literary Companion to Sex leads you on a tour through the sexual pages of some of the most distinguished books ever written. The author has selected excerpts from a diverse group of book – from the Bible, Rabelais and Defoe to Arabian Nights, Chinese Novels, Milton and Crabbe – reflecting the sexual atmospheres of their eras. The best of erotic writing is chosen for its realism, humour or sheer oddity, and there is no censorship here!

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The Literary Companion to Sex

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Overview

A tantalizing read, The Literary Companion to Sex leads you on a tour through the sexual pages of some of the most distinguished books ever written. The author has selected excerpts from a diverse group of book – from the Bible, Rabelais and Defoe to Arabian Nights, Chinese Novels, Milton and Crabbe – reflecting the sexual atmospheres of their eras. The best of erotic writing is chosen for its realism, humour or sheer oddity, and there is no censorship here!

A tantalizing collection of writing about sex, excerpted from ancient and modern works of world literature. Organized by period, this reference covers the Ancient World, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Restoration, and the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Colored endpapers. Ribbon marker.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With selections ranging from Aristophanes, Sappho and Catullus to Jonathan Swift, William Wycherley, Samuel Butler, Anais Nin and Joe Orton, this juicy, eclectic anthology of erotica celebrates the mysteries, pleasures, shortcomings and humor of sex. Benjamin Franklin's advice on taking a mistress, Alexandre Kuprin's expose of prostitution in pre-revolutionary Russia, Lisa Alther's hilarious tale of love gone awry under an automobile and Molly Parkin's oedipally charged poem about a mother raising a teenage son with raging hormones are among the serendipitous finds that share space in this collection with more familiar works from Philip Roth, Henry Miller, Andrew Marvell and Frank Harris. Pitt-Kethley, who writes a column for the British Guardian on sex in the arts, has chosen appetizing tidbits from the likes of Petronius's Satyr i con , Casanova's Memoirs and Erica Jong's Fear of Flying , but she also includes curious lore and sexy passages from Milton, Shakespeare, Defoe and other authors less immediately associated with erotic facets of human endeavor. (Feb.)
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A rollicking tour through erotic literature, filled with material chosen for its realism, humor, and originality -- from the unabashed sex of the ancient world to the strange, honest, and erotically amusing prose and poetry of our own century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781910050309
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books
  • Publication date: 5/8/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 1,314,639
  • File size: 950 KB

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