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The Book of Love
The Book of Love by Ackerman, Diane 0393045897 9780393045895
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The Book of Love by Ackerman, Diane

How do we define love? It feels like hunger pains, and we use the same word. Pang. Perhaps this is why Cupid is depicted with a quiver of arrows, because love feels at times like being pierced in the chest. It is a wholesome violence. . . . People search for love as if it were a city lost beneath the desert dunes, where pleasure is the law, the streets are lined with brocade cushions, and the sun never sets. So writes Diane Ackerman in her insightful introduction. Here is a panorama of fine writing about loves many moods and majesties, from all the veils of flirtation, seduction, and marriage to the tempests of suspicion, jealousy, and heartache. Here is a treasury of more than two hundred selections from Andrew Marvells To His Coy Mistress to Elizabeth Barrett Brownings How Do I Love Thee? There are excerpts from Romeo and Juliet , Madame Bovary , Justine , The Odyssey , Lady Chatterleys Lover , as well as the letters from Baudelaire to Sabatier, George Eliot to Herbert Spencer, and Henry Miller to Ana??s Nin. General readers and scholars alike will delight in this anthologys mix of the contemporary and the classic.

Author: Ackerman, Diane

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 864

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Publication Date: 1998-01-17

Our Price: $4.09

ISBN: 0393045897

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