Three in Love: Menages a Trois from Ancient to Modern Times

Three in Love: Menages a Trois from Ancient to Modern Times


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Three in Love: Menages a Trois from Ancient to Modern Times by Barbara M. Foster, Michael Foster, Letha Hadady

Three is the magic number. There were three Magi, three Graces, and three bears in the fairy tale. We give three cheers, hope for three wishes, and admire a triple threat in football. In Three in Love: MÉNages À Trois from Ancient To Modern Times, Barbara Foster, Michael Foster, and Letha Hadady call attention to another dimension of this enchanted number: threesomes. In this provocative and fascinating study, Foster, Foster, and Hadady trace the ménage à trois over the centuries, both in real life and as portrayed in art, offering a deft and compelling portrait of threefold love.

From Abraham, Sarah, and the handmaiden Hagar to the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Marianne Faithful, the ménage à trois has long been part of the landscape of human love. Taboo for some, the private daydream of countless others, the union of three was a daily reality of a remarkable number of people throughout history and has become a viable alternative form of family. In Three in Love, Foster, Foster, and Hadady -- writers and scholars who themselves have been involved in an ongoing and loving partnership for more than a dozen years -- provide a titillating version of the history you learned in school, chronicling the role of the ménage à trois in works of art, heroic deeds, politics, and literary movements.

Three in Love recounts what the rich (Warren Buffett), the famous (Roseanne), the powerful (JFK,) the beautiful (Greta Garbo), the great (Victor Hugo), the kinky (David Bowie), the psychological (Freud), the lustful (Anaïs Nin), the scandalous (Casanova), and the funny (Groucho Marx) have done with, to, and about their thirds in love. Artists from Picasso to Dora Carrington discovered that in three lies creativity; statesmen from Franklin Roosevelt to François Mitterrand realized that in three lies power; women from Vivien Leigh to the fictional Scarlett O'Hara always knew that two lovers are better than one.

Dedicated to "lovers everywhere, whether alone, by twos or threes or more," Three in Love brings you beyond the stereotypical connotation of the jealous and bloody love triangle and provides a jubilant romp through one of the last frontiers of human sexuality.

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ISBN-13: 9780062512956
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/1997
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 6.49(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.50(d)

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