The Penguin Book of Infidelities

Having just read a couple of novels where the plot involved adultery, I found myself keen to re-read this collection. The Penguin Book of Infidelities, edited by Stephen Brook, is a rich collection of literature on the subject of marital and/or sexual infidelity. The selections include poetry, fictional accounts, letters, and historical records. Brook's stated …

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The Race of the Book

In the early 1700s, Alexander Pope wrote "The Rape of the Lock." This poem is a mock-heroic portrayal of an incident between a couple of aristocrats: Robert Petre, 7th Baron Petre, around twenty at the time, cut off a lock of hair belonging to Arabella Fermor. She was offended (and rightly so), the families quarreled, and an acquaintance prevailed upon …

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Erotic Romance

Harlequin's posted a flowchart to help out readers of this re-invigorated genre. It's not a great flow chart, for many reasons, but worthy of a giggle or two: http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?cid=3450 I prefer my romances a little more romantic and and little less acrobatic. Not that I have anything against erotic fiction, but of the stories in …

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