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A Natural History of Love by Diane Ackerman (HB)

SKU: 2210649
Hardbound, hard-to-find 1st edition, 1st print copy. From the bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses.
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A Natural History of Love by Diane Ackerman (HB)
A Natural History of Love by Diane Ackerman (HB)
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Format: Hardbound

Condition: vg- condition, minor shelf wear

Size: 6.0"x9.0"

Pages: 358pp, first edition, first printing

No one writes quite like Ackerman. She glides from the peaks of poetry to the secretive valleys of science to the plains of personal musings with ease, apparent pleasure, and a frankly feminine form of confidence. Here Ackerman marshals all her perceptive and synthetic abilities to consider love, the "great intangible." Ackerman begins her cultural, literary, and physiological investigation with fresh and intuitive interpretations of classic love stories such as Orpheus and Eurydice and Tristan and Iseult. Her loosely chronological format includes stops in Greece and Rome, an extended pondering of the tradition of chivalry and courtly love, and a selection of vivid profiles of such lovers and students of love as Don Juan, Ben Franklin, Stendhal, Proust, and Freud. Turning from quantifiable sensations to the mysteries of eroticism, Ackerman contemplates hair, women and horses, men and cars, mermaids, sex and flying, and sexual chic. As erudite, sensual, sensitive, and brilliant as Ackerman is, she is also devilishly funny and quite mischievous.