The Lover's Companion by Charles Sullivan
Art and Poetry of Desire

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With her trademark titillating humour, Dr Ruth Westheimer explores how art and verse can enhance desire. The selections, compiled by editor Charles Sullivan, couple Ginsberg with Hockney, Donne with Lichtenstein, Sappho with O'Keeffe. And as in the best relationships, each unconventional match exposes new, surprising aspects of both partners. Through chapter introductions and commentary, Dr Ruth reveals these nuances and the ways in which they can touch readers. The colour illustrations include paintings by Chagall, Magritte and Bronzino, photographs by Man Ray and Nan Goldin, and erotic sculptures and prints from ancient India and Japan. This anthology pairs a total of 60 poems and artworks.
 

About Charles Sullivan

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Sullivan is a professor and dean at the University of San Francisco. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from New York University. He also serves as president of the American Foundation for the Arts. Ruth K. Westheimer, 1928 - Ruth K. Westheimer was born in Germany in 1928, she went to a school in Switzerland at the age of 10, which became an orphanage for most of the German/Jewish students sent there. At 16 she went to Israel where she fought for that country's independence as member of the Haganah. She then moved to Paris where she studied psychology at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten. Westheimer immigrated to the U.S. in 1956, where she received her Masters degree in Sociology and her Doctorate in Education from Columbia University. She studied human sexuality with Dr. Helen Singer-Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. Dr. Westheimer is a pioneer in "sexual literacy." She has twice been named "College Lecturer of the Year." Westheimer is a Psychosexual Therapist who helped pioneer the field of Media Psychology with her radio program "Sexually Speaking" which began in September, 1980 . "The Dr. Ruth Show," which aired on the Lifetime channel, has been syndicated nationally and internationally.
 
Published December 1, 2002 by Unknown. 160 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Two experts in the fields of psychology, art and sex have teamed up to put together this layered, pleasantly gossipy book.

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