James A. Haught
This beautifully illustrated volume combats the shame, censorship, and taboos pervading our culture's view of sexual intimacy by presenting lovemaking as healthy, natural, tender, romantic, wholesome, fulfilling and joyful.
Many self-help and erotic art books have been published in the past, but there has never been a book like this one: a tribute to the goodness of sex, incorporating world-class art, poetry, and commentary.
The Art of Lovemaking includes paintings, sketches, and sculptures of lovers by major artists -- from ancient Greek pottery painters and Hindu temple carvers to Rembrandt, Picasso, and today's newest artists.
The book is a rhapsody to the happiness of lovers. Chapters describe the universality of sex (millions of couples around the world are making love as you read this); how evolution gave humans greater sexuality than any other species; and the cruelties and guilt that repression have caused -- and continue to cause. The closing chapter eloquently advocates a good love life as essential for happiness.
Readers will be happily amazed by the number of noted artists whose work has included little-known renditions of sex play. The Art of Lovemaking will be a treasure for couples to share privately, perhaps in bed, and not just once but over and over again.
James A. Haught (Charleston, WV) is editor of The Charleston Gazette and author of Science in a Nanosecond and Holy Horrors. In 1989 he was the recipient of the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award from the Playboy Foundation for his editorials on religious tolerance and the separation of church and state.
Author note: Much of the sexual material distributed in America is crude, vulgar, crass, and offensive to people of taste. This plays into the hands of religious censors who want to suppress sex as "dirty." With this book, I sought to present an alternative rejecting both of those approaches -- a fresh view showing that sex can be poetic and lovely, not a cause for embarrassment.)
146 pages (100 illustrations)
ISBN 0-87975-740-X -- Cloth $27.95 (6x9)
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