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Description - The Erotic Edge by Lonnie Barbach

A collection of arousing stories designed to bring couples together, enhance their sexual pleasure and deepen their mutual understanding of intimacy. It explores the difference between erotic writing by men and women and deals with themes of unrequited love, anonymous sex and affairs.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780751512786
ISBN-10: 0751512788
Format: Paperback
(179mm x 107mm x 24mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Sphere
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 27-Apr-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - The Erotic Edge by Lonnie Barbach

US Kirkus Review » An anthology of 22 erotic short stories selected by psychologist Barbach, whose interests in monogamy and women's sexuality come together in this book designed to help monogamous couples enhance their sex lives. The present collection differs from Barbach's earlier ones (Erotic Interludes, 1986, etc.) in that those were written by women for women, while this one is intended for both sexes. An interesting difference in male and female erotic writing styles soon becomes apparent: Stories written by men tend to be more visual and explicit, while those by women tend to emphasize feelings and the total relationship. The volume is divided into three parts, each with an introduction by Barbach. The tales in Part One, each with a distinctively male or female flavor, have varied themes: sex with a ghost, acting out fantasies, group sex, seduction. Part Two features three themes: unrequited love (a favorite with women), anonymous sex (more popular with men), and sexual affairs (both sexes write about this but handle it differently). Stories in the third section were written by couples, thus each event is seen from both a male and a female perspective. According to Barbach, who calls this final part "The Perfect Match," these tales illustrate the dramatic variety of successful sexual relationships. She suggests that the stories be read as an aphrodisiac before or during lovemaking, and that solitary readers can use them as a substitute for an absent lover. For best effects, use sparingly. A surfeit of supple mouths, jutting nipples, and bare buttocks begins to pall, and when the erotic value of these tales fades, there's not much left to recommend them. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Lonnie Barbach

Lonnie Barbach is the acclaimed anthologist of classic collections PLEASURES and EROTIC INTERLUDES, two volumes of women's erotica which brought the genre into the mainstream.

Books By Lonnie Barbach

Erotic Interludes by Lonnie Barbach
Paperback, October 1988