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Like Geoff Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage, Literary Seductions is written out of sheer passion. Exploring relationships between literary couples whose mutual obsession for writing resulted in equally explosive sexual relationships, Frances Wilson imbues astute literary criticism with raging hormones. For Antis Nin and Henry Miller, Laura Riding and Robert Graves, and W.B. and Ge Like Geoff Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage, Literary Seductions is written out of sheer passion. Exploring relationships between literary couples whose mutual obsession for writing resulted in equally explosive sexual relationships, Frances Wilson imbues astute literary criticism with raging hormones. For Antis Nin and Henry Miller, Laura Riding and Robert Graves, and W.B. and George Yeats, among others, bodies and books became interchangeable. Examining the explosive collision of reading, writing, and desire in these relationships, Literary Seductions is for anyone who's ever been seduced by a good read.


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Like Geoff Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage, Literary Seductions is written out of sheer passion. Exploring relationships between literary couples whose mutual obsession for writing resulted in equally explosive sexual relationships, Frances Wilson imbues astute literary criticism with raging hormones. For Antis Nin and Henry Miller, Laura Riding and Robert Graves, and W.B. and Ge Like Geoff Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage, Literary Seductions is written out of sheer passion. Exploring relationships between literary couples whose mutual obsession for writing resulted in equally explosive sexual relationships, Frances Wilson imbues astute literary criticism with raging hormones. For Antis Nin and Henry Miller, Laura Riding and Robert Graves, and W.B. and George Yeats, among others, bodies and books became interchangeable. Examining the explosive collision of reading, writing, and desire in these relationships, Literary Seductions is for anyone who's ever been seduced by a good read.

30 review for Literary Seductions: Compulsive Writers And Diverted Readers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie

    Really unusual and interesting, stayed will me for a long time. Gave me a lot to think about!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Graff

    Although I enjoyed the argument of the book and found the writing compelling, I felt there was a lack of attention or maybe a problematic attention paid to gender. While there was never a point that specifically caught my eye, I came away from this feeling like these women were generally on the "crazy side" while the men involved were treated much more sympathetically. Perhaps this betrays some of my own discomfort with gender as treated by psychoanalytic theory as it honestly is more of an impr Although I enjoyed the argument of the book and found the writing compelling, I felt there was a lack of attention or maybe a problematic attention paid to gender. While there was never a point that specifically caught my eye, I came away from this feeling like these women were generally on the "crazy side" while the men involved were treated much more sympathetically. Perhaps this betrays some of my own discomfort with gender as treated by psychoanalytic theory as it honestly is more of an impression than a complaint about a passage or aspect of the argument. That said, this is an enjoyable book and reads much more like a popular study than an academic tome, which is a good thing. The research is certainly there, it just doesn't dominate the reading to make it inaccessible. I would say that if you enjoy any of the authors covered, you should pick this up regardless of how many courses you've had in critical theory. I've heard that good criticism should make you want to read the author under study and I have to say that this work introduced me to Osip and Nadezhda Mandelstam and their Russian contemporaries, authors new to me. Likewise, it made me want to go back and read more Anais Nin, so all in all, despite my misgivings, this was a strong book and a good foray into academic writing for someone who has left a lot of it behind.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I enjoyed the introduction and the first two chapters, but I couldn't get into Robert Graves & Laura Riding or Osip & Nadezhda Mandelstam. The analysis seemed disorganized and circular which didn't do justice to what I am sure were fascinating relationships. It might have helped had I known something of the writers' work (as I did of Anais Nin & Henry Miller, albeit not much). I should've known my reading would be doomed, however, from the moment in the introduction where Wilson declares that sh I enjoyed the introduction and the first two chapters, but I couldn't get into Robert Graves & Laura Riding or Osip & Nadezhda Mandelstam. The analysis seemed disorganized and circular which didn't do justice to what I am sure were fascinating relationships. It might have helped had I known something of the writers' work (as I did of Anais Nin & Henry Miller, albeit not much). I should've known my reading would be doomed, however, from the moment in the introduction where Wilson declares that she will not be writing about the type of seduction as that between Elizabeth Barrett & Robert Browning, when that in particular was the type for which I had picked up the book, since it is one familiar to me (my husband and I first met through our web journals, pre-blogging). Unfortunately Wilson went off in another direction which I had little interest in following.

  4. 4 out of 5

    sisterimapoet

    Clearly defined sections that explored different angles of the extreme relationships that can arise between writers and readers. Interesting because I knew very little about the main literary figures mentioned, although for a subject so passionate to those invovled I found this book itself drifted into dull repetition at times. There was also that length sort of introduction which annoys me, where it gives a brief overview of everything that the book will cover, and leaves me wondering why I shoul Clearly defined sections that explored different angles of the extreme relationships that can arise between writers and readers. Interesting because I knew very little about the main literary figures mentioned, although for a subject so passionate to those invovled I found this book itself drifted into dull repetition at times. There was also that length sort of introduction which annoys me, where it gives a brief overview of everything that the book will cover, and leaves me wondering why I should bother reading on.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Brooke

    Having posited a thesis in the opening section of “Literary Seductions” about the seductive power of writing, the author attempts to illustrate it with three case-studies: Nin/Miller, Graves/Riding, and the Mandelstams. Do they support her ideas? To some degree, yes, and sometimes they seem like square pegs being forced into round holes. I also doubt that most writers and readers fit so neatly into Wilson’s categories. Be that as it may, the accounts are somewhat interesting as are her insights o Having posited a thesis in the opening section of “Literary Seductions” about the seductive power of writing, the author attempts to illustrate it with three case-studies: Nin/Miller, Graves/Riding, and the Mandelstams. Do they support her ideas? To some degree, yes, and sometimes they seem like square pegs being forced into round holes. I also doubt that most writers and readers fit so neatly into Wilson’s categories. Be that as it may, the accounts are somewhat interesting as are her insights on the (mostly dysfunctional) relationships.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate Gould

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hanka Šmídová

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rolf Carlson

  9. 5 out of 5

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  10. 5 out of 5

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  12. 5 out of 5

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  13. 5 out of 5

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  14. 5 out of 5

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  15. 4 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Malone

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  18. 4 out of 5

    Annette Boehm

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    Lizz

  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  23. 5 out of 5

    wioblivion

  24. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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