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

Paperback | October 23, 2012

byMarilyn Yalom

not yet rated|write a review

“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.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$18.20 online
$19.99 list price (save 8%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25
Prices may vary. why?
Please call ahead to confirm inventory.

From the Publisher

“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 ...

From the Jacket

Oh, how the French love love! For hundreds of years, they have championed themselves as guides to the art de l'amour through their literature, paintings, songs, and cinema. A French man or woman without amorous desire is considered defective, like someone missing the sense of smell or taste. Now revered scholar Marilyn Yalom intimately...

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...

other books by Marilyn Yalom

Birth of the Chess Queen: A History
Birth of the Chess Queen: A History

Kobo ebook|May 19 2009

$11.99

The American Resting Place: 400 Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds
The American Resting Place: 400 Years of History Throug...

Kobo ebook|May 15 2008

$20.09 online$25.99list price(save 22%)
see all books by Marilyn Yalom
Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:October 23, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062048317

ISBN - 13:9780062048318

Look for similar items by category:

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

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

“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.”