THE CHARMS OF LOVE by

THE CHARMS OF LOVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This miscellany of assorted evidence, dealing with the many ways in which man has attempted to secure the object of his affections, draws on the fashions, fancies and beliefs which have exalted in other cultures and earlier centures, some of which still endure, and from every conceivable source- religious, sociological, literary, psychological etc. And with some often reconcile research, it describes man's foolish recourse to love magic, , rites, prayer, amulets, as well as a whole pharmacopia of phillers and and the so-called aphrodisiac foods and drugs (all a fallacy, their is not a single authentic one). The reader who in two pages will be exposed to references to the Song of Solomon, a 12th century bestiary, John Gay, Pennsylvania Germans, the Kama Sutra, Atheneus (a 3rd century savant), Sappho, Albertus Magous and John Donna must be flexible as well as very interested, for he will be exposed throughout to an arsenal of allusions, anecdotes and heterogeneous intelligence dealing with the subject at hand. There is no attempt to titillate-only to substantiate and instruct.

Pub Date: Aug. 3rd, 1962
Publisher: Doubleday