Three In Love

Overview

Barbara Foster, Michael Foster, and Letha Hadady are writers and scholars who themselves are involved in an ongoing, loving partnership and are thus remarkably well suited as commentators on this unconventional lifestyle. In this book based on extensive research, they trace the menage a trois over the centuries - both in real life and as portrayed in art - and offer a deft and compelling portrait of threefold love. In addition, they reveal the truth about the world's best-known trios, from biblical patriarch ...
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Overview

Barbara Foster, Michael Foster, and Letha Hadady are writers and scholars who themselves are involved in an ongoing, loving partnership and are thus remarkably well suited as commentators on this unconventional lifestyle. In this book based on extensive research, they trace the menage a trois over the centuries - both in real life and as portrayed in art - and offer a deft and compelling portrait of threefold love. In addition, they reveal the truth about the world's best-known trios, from biblical patriarch Abraham, his wife Sarah, and the handmaiden Hagar to Henry and June Miller and Anais Nin and even Beat writer Jack Kerouac and Neal and Carolyn Cassady. The authors differentiate clearly between a love triangle and a menage a trois: the "bloody" triangle generally springs out of an affair or adultery, and one of the three is excluded. In a menage, on the other hand, all three participants have equal status and input, and, most important the relationship is entered into by mutual decision and consent.
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Team written by authors who themselves form a m<`e>nage <'a> trois, this book seeks to provide a tradition for threesome relationships. Numerous personages from history and their relationships are discussed in biographical vignettes. Some of the triangles discussed are: Diane de Poitiers, Henry II, and Catherine de' Medici; Voltaire and the Marquis and Beauvoir; Friedrich Engels and the Burns sisters; Ana<:i>s Nin and Henry and June Miller; Jack Reed, Louise Bryant, and Eugene O'Neill; Joseph and Magda Goebbels and Lida Baarova; and finally, Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, and Soon-Yi Previn. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595008070
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 0.97 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Three on Three
1 The Meaning of Menage a Trois: From Plato to Sleaze 3
2 Introduction to Triography: A Historical Overview of Threes 13
3 The Myth of Menage: Oedipus; Sigmund Freud; Genesis 26
4 The Courts of Love: Diane de Poitiers, Henry II, and Catherine de' Medici; Moliere, Armande Bejart, and Michel Baron; Voltaire and the Marquis and Marquise du Chatelet 41
5 Three in Mind: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the Baroness de Warens, and Claude Anet; Rousseau, Sophie d'Houdetot, and the Marquis de Saint-Lambert 56
6 In the Realm of the Senses: Casanova; The Marquis de Sade 68
7 That Hamilton Woman: Admiral Horatio Nelson, Emma Hamilton, and Sir William Hamilton 86
8 Romantic Rebels: Percy and Mary Shelley and Frankenstein; Lord Byron and the Count and Countess Guiccioli 103
9 The Great Man, His Wife, and His Mistress: Friedrich Engels and the Burns Sisters; Alexandre and Ida Dumas and Roger de Beauvoir; Victor and Adele Hugo and Juliette Drouet; Ivan Turgenev and Pauline and Louis Viardot 116
10 The Queen and Her Cuckolds: Catherine the Great; Queen Victoria; Harriet and John Taylor and John Stuart Mill; George Eliot and the Leweses; John and Effie Ruskin and John Millais; Jane and William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti 133
11 Femme Fatale: Lou Andreas-Salome, Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Ree, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Sigmund Freud 149
12 The Wild West: Sir Richard Burton and the Mormons; Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and Etta Place; Tom Mix; Bonnie and Clyde's Three-Way Capers 165
13 The Great American Sex Scandal: Victoria Woodhull, Theodore Tilton, and Henry Ward Beecher 178
14 The Balls of Amherst: A New England Peyton Place 191
15 The Roller-Coaster: Anais Nin and Henry and June Miller 206
16 Menage as Gay Metaphor: Noel Coward and Design for Living; Christopher Isherwood (and Bob Fosse) and Cabaret; W. H. Auden 224
17 The Romeo and Juliet of Threes: Henri-Pierre Roche and Franz and Helen Hessel 234
18 The Bells of Bloomsbury: Vanessa and Clive Bell, Duncan Grant, and David Garnett 245
19 Carrington's Lovers: Dora Carrington, Mark Gertler, Lytton Strachey, Ralph Partridge, and Gerald Brenan 257
20 Portraits Real and Surreal: Augustus and Ida John and Dorelia McNeill; Paul and Gala Eluard and Salvador Dali; Pablo Picasso; Alberta Giacometti; Stanley Spencer; Leonore Fini 269
21 State Secrets: Francois and Danielle Mitterrand and Anne Pingeot; Emile and Alexandrine Zola and Jeanne Rozerot; Charles Parnell and Kitty and Willy O'Shea; Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Missy LeHand and Earl Miller; the Kennedys 287
22 On the Left: George Bernard Shaw, May Morris, and Henry Sparling; Jack Reed, Louise Bryant, and Eugene O'Neill; Comrades Lenin, Nadezhda Krupskaya, and Inessa Armand 304
23 Tories a Trois: Radclyffe Hall, Mabel Batten, and Una Troubridge; Admiral and Edwina Mountbatten and Pandit Nehru; Harold and Dorothy Macmillan and Bob Boothby 319
24 Menage and the Holocaust: Sinners and Survivors: Dorothy and Ezra Pound and Olga Rudge; Joseph and Magda Goebbels and Lida Baarova; Oskar and Emilie Schindler and Mistresses; Marguerite Duras, Robert Antelme, and Dionys Mascolo; Isaac Bashevis Singer 335
25 French Twist: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Bianca Bienenfeld 354
26 The Golden Phallus: D. H. Lawrence; Ernest Hemingway; Georges Simenon 369
27 Carolyn's Boys: Rebels Without a Cause: Jack Choreic, Neal and Carolyn Cassady and Allen Ginsberg 389
28 The Pop Menage: Superman, Lois Lane, and Clark Kent; Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, and Soon-Yi Previn; Count Dracula and Friends 401
29 The Greatest Party Ever Given: Our Fantasy Bash for Celebrity Threes 413
Coda 428
Selected Sources 431
Acknowledgments 441
Illustration Credits 443
Index 445
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