A Letter From the Publisher: Oct. 12, 1987

Correspondent Jeanne McDowell found Sex Researcher Shere Hite settled serenely on a satiny love seat in Hite's rococo Manhattan apartment. Instead of the antimale polemicist that McDowell had been warned about, she discovered a soft-spoken woman with a passion for classical music and antique clothes. "Walk into her house, and you feel as if you have entered another, gentler era," says McDowell. "And yet there she is, at the center of a storm about some of the most contentious issues of our time."

Women and Love, Hite's latest salvo in the battle of the sexes -- and the subject of this...

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