While the literature of nearly all ages and cultures abounds in seduction scenes, the concept, the theory of seduction has been universally ignored."" To remedy this shocking oversight, Mr. Meister, Editor of The Journal of Existential Psychiatry has combed Western literature from Ovid on up and reproduces here the big moments and methods of seduction and how it has changed, which he arranges by motive. After each selection, there is an explanatory note that tells the reader what he has read -- or after the keyhole, the lectern. The general tone is that of anticipation rather than a string of clinically reported voluptuous consummations. The section titled ""The Seducer Seduced"" rather proves the burden of Meister's plaint which is that among the things that Modern Woman can't do as well as Grandma used to; she can't be brought to the mat with either the grace or dispatch that obtained in more consciously and conscientiously sinful times. The Introduction by Leslie Fiedler is worth reading for the fun of it, and in the Afterword by the editor, the tone slips a bit from the scholarly and comes closer to that of the smoking car. The publishers offer a well dressed package and the audience promises to be masculine.