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Making Love: An Erotic Odyssey

Rhodes, Richard

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ISBN 10: 0671782274 / ISBN 13: 9780671782276
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 1992
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Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 175, [1] p. A brilliant, illuminating, and often shocking exploration of one man's sexual odyssey, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb and A Hole in the World. Making Love marks the first time a major author has written with such unapologetic candor of his most intimate experiences, fantasies, and thoughts. From Wikipedia: "Richard Lee Rhodes (born July 4, 1937) is an American historian, journalist and author of both fiction and non-fiction (which he prefers to call "verity"), including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1986), and most recently, The Twilight of the Bombs (2010). He has been awarded grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation among others. He is an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He also frequently gives lectures and talks on a broad range of subjects to various audiences, including testifying before the U.S. Senate on nuclear energy. Richard Rhodes was born in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1937. Following his mother's suicide on July 25, 1938, Rhodes, along with his older (by a year and a half) brother Stanley, was raised in and around Kansas City, Missouri, by his father, a railroad boilermaker with a third-grade education. When Rhodes was ten their father remarried a woman who starved, exploited, and abused the children. Stan, age 13, standing 5 4 and weighing an emaciated 98 pounds, saved both boys by walking into a police station and reporting to the authorities the conditions under which they lived. The boys were sent to the Andrew Drumm Institute, an institution for boys founded in 1928 in Independence, Missouri. The admission of the brothers was something of an anomaly as the institution was designed for orphaned or indigent boys and they fit neither category. The Drumm Institute is still in operation today, and now accepts both boys and girls. Rhodes became a member of the board of trustees in 1991. Rhodes wrote about his childhood in A Hole in the World. Richard and Stanley lived at Drumm for the remainder of their adolescence. Both graduated from high school. Rhodes was admitted to Yale University and received a scholarship, which awarded him full tuition, room, board, and other expenses for four years. Rhodes graduated with honors in 1959 and was a member of Manuscript Society. He went on to publish 23 books and numerous articles for national magazines; his best-known work, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, was published in 1986 and earned Rhodes the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards. Many of his personal documents and research materials are part of the Kansas Collection at the Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas. He is the father of two children, is a grandfather, and currently resides in California with his wife, Dr. Ginger Rhodes." Very good in very good dust jacket. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Bookseller Inventory # 67969

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Title: Making Love: An Erotic Odyssey

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First edition. First printing {Stated].

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A frank look at the act of making love describes one man's personal experience of sex and physical love, attempting to understand how those experiences shaped his life. By the author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb. 30,000 first printing. National ad/promo.

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Pulitzer-winner Rhodes, apparently galvanized by the overwhelming emotional response to his account of his abused childhood in A Hole in the World (1990), pushes still deeper into forbidden territory with this frank exploration of how he learned to heal his wounds, largely unconsciously, through sex. The result is a sexual autobiography that intentionally and methodically breaks most of the bounds of literary propriety--and that will leave many loyal readers breathless. ``Sex is a sovereignty waiting to be explored, just as consciousness was for early modern fiction,'' writes Rhodes. The manner in which he delves into the purpose and meaning underlying his own sexual history is reminiscent of such fiction in its intensity, diligence, and ambition. Tracing the ways in which the physical abuse he experienced in childhood may have led to and probably demanded the working out of certain sexual fixations (most involving the excruciating and exquisite postponement of gratification), Rhodes introduces readers to early homoerotic fumblings with affection-starved classmates at the school for boys he attended; his loss of his virginity with a New York prostitute at age 18; and an expansive gallery of real-life lovers, porn-film companions, disillusioned ex-wives, and, now, in his middle age, a devoted, similarly wounded, and equally creative female lover. Readers will be surprised at Rhodes's extreme frankness--he appears to revel in descriptions of favorite scenes from his pornographic video collection; of his rigorous daily masturbation routine; of his fascination with extended orgasm; and of the ways in which he has brought some of his lovers to a peak of erotic fulfillment. But his purpose here is clearly not to exploit or to titillate; Rhodes is simply cutting to the quick in his uniquely incisive, courageous, and aesthetically gratifying manner. A stunning act of self-revelation, bound to create a stir. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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