9780306810411

A History of Celibacy

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Publisher: Da Capo Pr
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Softcover
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A thought-provoking look at celibacy traces the history of the phenomenon through the ages, from ancient times to the present day, and profiles many avowed celibates, including Joan of Arc, Sir Isaac Newton, and other notables.


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"If, at the end of this lively, intemperate, and entertaining (if, at times, indulgent and overwritten) book the reader is left bemused about celibacy as when she started, A HISTORY OF CELIBACY does at least show how interesting the subject can be."

Martin Rowe, Boston Book Review, June 2000

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"Elizabeth Abbott began researching A HISTORY OF CELIBACY in a less than sympathetic mood: Her working title was CELEBRATED THE UNNATURAL (nicknamed THE DRY SEASON). But immersed in the richness of her data, Abbott shifted perspective. The result is a juicy, brilliantly insightful survey--as readable as it is intellectually sophisticated, alternately witty and moving."

Emily Nussbaum, Village Voice, June 2000

 

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