The Technique of the Love Affair by a Gentlewoman

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This 1928 classic--playfully shocking and surprisingly practical--is now back in print, astutely annotated for the nineties. Originally published anonymously by the multitalented Doris Langley Moore (author of many books of nonfiction and fiction, and a much sought-after costume designer for film and theater), The Technique of the Love Affair is a masterfully written dialogue between the worldly "Cypria" and the naive and sentimental "Saccharissa" on how to conduct--with grace and restraint--successful love affairs.

        Moore outlines a pragmatic approach to sexual pursuit and conquest, peppering her advice with incisive comments on the nature of men and women--which (current self-help books notwithstanding) has remained virtually unchanged after seventy years.

        A sparkling period piece and a shrewd guidebook for those who consider pleasure a serious business, The Technique of the Love Affair is brimming with unassailable, timeless insight. Now, in this new premillenial edition, it is--more than ever--a wise and witty manual on the art of love for the thinking woman.

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"The Technique of the Love Affair makes, I am bitterly afraid, considerable sense. If only it had been placed in my hands years ago, maybe I could have been successful instead of just successive." --Dorothy Parker, The New Yorker (1928)

About the Author:

Doris Langley Moore , the "gentlewoman" who wrote this book, was born in Liverpool in 1902. She was a biographer, novelist, museum founder, fashion designer, television commentator, scholar, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She died in London in 1989.

Norrie Epstein  is the author of The Friendly Shakespeare. She lives in Baltimore.

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