The Literary Lover: Great Contemporary Stories of Passion and Romance

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Literary love stories begin where the love stories of popular culture end. They are not so much about falling in love as about what happens next - an ever after not always lived so happily. Collected in The Literary Lover are twenty stories of infatuation and devotion, bliss and heartbreak, fading ardor and intense eroticism, written by some of the greatest contemporary masters of the short story. Among the lovers to be found in these pages are a beautiful woman drawn to ugly men; a man of seventy writing a ...
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Overview

Literary love stories begin where the love stories of popular culture end. They are not so much about falling in love as about what happens next - an ever after not always lived so happily. Collected in The Literary Lover are twenty stories of infatuation and devotion, bliss and heartbreak, fading ardor and intense eroticism, written by some of the greatest contemporary masters of the short story. Among the lovers to be found in these pages are a beautiful woman drawn to ugly men; a man of seventy writing a letter to his wife of many years; a virgin bride; a revolutionary on the lam; a sadist and a masochist not quite in synch with each other; an abandoned wife living in a small apartment with four young children; a real estate broker whose love for another man destroys his marriage; a girl with a high-school reputation for promiscuity who recaptures her chastity in college; a married couple on a European vacation in the aftermath of a miscarriage; and an estranged couple in Africa pursuing intentionally hurtful extramarital affairs. The expressions of love range from an innocent declaration to a calculated seduction. Each story treats the subject of romantic love in an original way, with clarity and truthfulness. The writing in The Literary Lover is full of passion, emotion, and sexuality both veiled and openly expressed. It is the perfect anthology for anyone who has ever been in love.

From pyrotechnic eroticism to fading passion, 20 contemporary writers explore love in this irresistible collection. Contributors include Harold Brodkey, Laurie Colwin, Nadine Gordimer, Rachel Ingalls, William Kotzwinkle, Joyce Carol Oates, Grace Paley, John Updike, and many others.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This fine collection brings together a diverse array of 20 contemporary stories about love and lust. Arranged in a chronology of sorts, these tales trace affairs of the heart from adolescent puppy love (Steven Millhauser's ``The Sledding Party'') to the worn and weathered ties of a begrudging elderly couple (``Letter to the Lady of the House'' by Richard Bausch) and touch on many permutations in between. In David Leavitt's wrenching ``Houses,'' a real estate broker is torn between his comfortably familiar wife and his searing passion for a male dog groomer. Joyce Carol Oates's unsettling ``Morning'' features a graduate student who embarks on an adulterous affair with one of her professors. Some of these stories render sexual encounters in graphic terms, particularly Harold Brodkey's ``Innocence,'' which centers on a young man's determined effort to bring his lover to climax. Presumably set in India, William Kotzwinkle's erotic ``Jewel of the Moon'' evokes the Kama Sutra. Dark (also the editor of The Literary Ghost ) takes pains to justify his choices, emphasizing in his introduction the difference between literature and pornography and noting that stories about adulterous affairs do not mean that ``the writers are advocating promiscuity''--but these splendid stories need no apologies. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140171648
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/1994
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Faces of Madness 1
The Sledding Party 33
Graduation 49
The Most Beautiful Woman in Town 61
Innocence 69
A Romantic Weekend 105
Morning 127
Jewel of the Moon 151
The Costa Brava, 1959 165
An Interest in Life 183
Houses 199
Come to Africa and Save Your Marriage 223
The Lover 237
Safe Houses 245
Frank and Billy 267
Love Song, for a Moog Synthesizer 281
The Love Object 287
Instruments of Seduction 313
The Habit of Loving 327
Letter to the Lady of the House 353
Biographical Notes 363
Acknowledgments 367
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