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How the French Invented Love

Marilyn Yalom


On Sale Date: 10/23/2012
Imprint: Harper Perennial
Print Run: 40K
Format: PB
Pages: 416
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 62048317
ISBN 13: 9780062048318
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Ebook 9780062048325

In How the French Invented Love, acclaimed scholar Marilyn Yalom distills her readings of French literary works and the memories of her experiences in France to discover the central tenets of that culture’s gospel of love. While certain currents sweep through the centuries, each chapter represents love in its particular age, fashioned by what the French call mentalités-that is, constellations of ideas and attitudes prevalent at a certain time and place. Collectively, these cultural moments reveal how the concept and practice of love has continued and changed from the Middle Ages to our own beleaguered moment. Through Yalom’s romance-tinged literary detective hunt, we shall discover not only how the French invented love, but also how they have kept it vibrant for 900 years.