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By Louise DeSalvo
Louise DeSalvo dangers all, within the corporation of Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, Henry Miller, and Madam Recamier. via filtering the tale of her personal husband's affair via other's tales, she revels within the consistently intriguing delusion and tells from the often painful truth of adultery. The conclusions she attracts, and the stability she reveals in her marriage and in others, make ADULTERY a enjoyable, poignant, and compassionate ebook.
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Of course, there was poetry. " She wrote about him, too, in fiction, in stories exploring her favorite themes of the entrapment of a woman in marriage, thwarted desire, and lifelong yearning for something unknown and unattainable. In "The Choice" (about an adulterer who wants her husband to die but whose lover dies instead); "The Letters" (based on their correspondence); "The Pretext" (about his infidelity to her); and, ultimately, in the novels The Custom of the Country and segments of The Mother's Recompense.
So, at his death, there was no correspondence (like that of Edith Wharton to W. Morton Fullerton), no journals (like the fictional diaries of Francesca Johnson in Robert James Waller's The Bridges of Madison County) Page 49 that could expose the secrets of a private life. There was nothing that could reveal the clandestine self he might have so scrupulously guarded. However, my adultery story about my grandfather is not without foundation. As a child, I remember standing on a pier in New York City, wearing my good clothes (pink dress with starched lace collar; natural straw hat; black patent leather shoes and purse; white frilly anklets), and waving a white-gloved hand to my grandfather, who was sailing back to Italy yet again.
H. Lawrence and Fyodor Dostoyevsky; the works of Freud, Jung, Havelock Ellis, Albert Ellis, and (though I can't imagine why), Alvin Toffler's Future Shock and The Third Wave. ) American readers, contemporary readers, of course, would choose different books. The dangerous book, for mesome years ago, I confesswas Virginia Woolf's Orlando. A friend to whom I once admitted Page 14 this, suggested that it was surely Woolf's satiric detail about the cucumbers growing to absurd lengths during Victorian England that probably did it.
ADULTERY by Louise DeSalvo