How The French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years Of Passion And Romance by Marilyn YalomHow The French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years Of Passion And Romance by Marilyn Yalom

How The French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years Of Passion And Romance

byMarilyn Yalom

Paperback | October 23, 2012

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“Absolutely marvelous…lively and learned….Marilyn Yalom’s book is a distinguished contribution to our experience of a great literature, as well as an endearing memoir.”
—Diane Johnson, author of Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce

“[An] enchanting tour of French literature—from Abelard and Heloise in the 12th century to Marguerite Duras in the 20th and Philippe Sollers in the 21st.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

How the French Invented Love is an entertaining and masterful history of love à la française by acclaimed scholar Marilyn Yalom. Spanning the Middle Ages to the present, Yalom explores a love-obsessed culture through its great works of literature—from Moliere’s comic love to the tragic love of Racine, from the existential love of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre to the romanticism of George Sand and Alfred de Musset. A thoroughly engaging homage to French culture and literature interlaced with the author’s delicious personal anecdotes, How the French Invented Love is ideal for fans of Alain de Botton, Adam Gopnik, and Simon Schama.

Marilyn Yalom is a former professor of French and presently a senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She is the author of widely acclaimed books such asA History of the Breast,A History of the Wife, andBirth of the Chess Queen, as well asThe American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of Hist...
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Title:How The French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years Of Passion And RomanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:October 23, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062048317

ISBN - 13:9780062048318

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for those in love with French culture If you're a student of French culture this is the book for you. Yalom weaves academic studies with contemporary pop culture to illustrate how the theme of love is present in French history and culture dating all the way back to the medieval period.
Date published: 2017-01-24

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“Enchanting….At the heart of this delicious book is Yalom the reader, whose fascination with the French way of love and pleasure in sharing her enthusiasms is highly contagious. Readers will want to run to the library and stay there for a year, reading everything she deconstructs.”