Customs: Love & Marriage: By the Book

Time was when some of the gamiest reading this side of Paris was to be found in the instructive pages of the marriage manuals. "In this little book," says the preface to the 1939 edition of Married Love, "Dr. Marie Slopes deals with subjects which are generally regarded as too sacred for an entirely frank treatment." Many a young heart thrilled with pleasant astonishment at Dr. Slope's revelation that "most women ... do at times feel a physical yearning indescribable, but as profound as hunger for food." Generations of schoolboys have plowed eagerly through the verbal thickets of...

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