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Ames, Jonathan; Nelson, Antonya; Lopate, Phillip (Contributors); Sussman, Ellen (Editor) & Others . DIRTY WORDS: A LITERARY ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SEX. New York City, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 295 pages. As New.

Anthology of short stories, commentaries, and essays on subject. One of the most fascinating, enjoyable, and literary books on sex ever published. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a hardcover original only. Presents "Dirty Words", as interpreted by some of the world's most exciting writers. "A playful take on bedroom talk, a smart, funny encyclopedia with entries written by notable contemporary writers. This witty reference steps in where time-honored discussions of the birds and the bees typically fall short. All of the 100-some entries are formally defined and further explained through reflective and ribald definitions, essays, and stories by some of today's most exciting writers. Everything from celibacy to promiscuity, hand jobs to sex toys is tackled by everyone's favorite writers, including Steve Almond, Patricia Marx, Phillip Lopate, and Antonya Nelson. From sexual relationships (monogamy, one-night stand, menage a trois) to sexual positions (doggie style, 69), from age-old practices (prostitution) to contemporary twists (cybersex), this alphabetical encyclopedia includes everything you need to know about the language of love and more" (Publisher's blurb). Well, sex is not love; love is not sex. But they are closely intertwined. An absolute "must-have" title for contemporary literature and sex collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the first and only edition and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Almost all other copies available online, while cheap, are badly remainder-marked or have other flaws. A scarce copy thus. Some of the finest living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO ZADIE SMITH "PIECE OF FLESH" TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN B005B1IJGA. $50.00

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