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“[An] enlightening and entertaining . . . survey of the world’s oldest profession” from the Whore of Babylon to the modern sex-worker movement (Kirkus Reviews). From Eve and Lilith to Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, the prostitute has been both a target of scorn and a catalyst for social change. In Love for Sale, cultural historian Nils Johan Ringdal delivers an authoritative and engaging history of this most maligned, yet globally ubiquitous, form of human commerce. Beginning with the epic of Gilgamesh, the Old Testament, and ancient cultures from Asia to the Mediterranean, Ringdal considers the varying way societies have dealt with and thought about prostitutes through history. He discusses how they were included in the priestess class in ancient Greece and Rome; how the rise of the courtesan in nineteenth-century Europe shaped literature, fashion, the arts, and modern sensibilities. He uncovers the first manuals on the art of sex and seduction, the British Empire’s campaigns against prostitution in India, and stories of the Japanese “comfort women” who served the armies in the Pacific theater of World War II. Ringdal closes with the rise of the sex-workers’ rights movement and ‘sex-positive” feminism, and a realistic look at the true risks and rewards of prostitution in the present day. Recalling Camille Paglia’s Sexual Personae with its broad sweep across centuries and continents, Love for Sale “uses [its] subject as a springboard for exploring the ever-changing notions of love, sexual identity, morality and gender among various cultures” (Nan Goldberg, Newark Sunday Star-Ledger).

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Nils Johan Ringdal
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Release: 2007-12-01
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781555848088

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Comparing prostitution and courtship with a new working-class practice of heterosexual barter called 'treating' during the period between 1900 and 1945, this book examines changes in sexual morality and sexual and economic practices in New York.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Elizabeth Alice Clement
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Release: 2006
File: 321 Pages
ISBN-13: 0807856908

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An accessible chronicle of prostitution throughout recorded history covers everything from the ancient world through today's red-light district, discussing such topics as the British Empire's campaigns against prostitution in India, the rise of the sex-workers' rights movement, and the risks and rewards of prostitution today. Reprint.

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Genre: History
Author: Nils Johan Ringdal
Publisher: Grove Press
Release: 2005
File: 435 Pages
ISBN-13: 0802141846

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A personal, idiosyncratic history of popular music that also may well be definitive, from the revered music critic From the age of song sheets in the late nineteenth-century to the contemporary era of digital streaming, pop music has been our most influential laboratory for social and aesthetic experimentation, changing the world three minutes at a time. In Love for Sale, David Hajdu—one of the most respected critics and music historians of our time—draws on a lifetime of listening, playing, and writing about music to show how pop has done much more than peddle fantasies of love and sex to teenagers. From vaudeville singer Eva Tanguay, the “I Don’t Care Girl” who upended Victorian conceptions of feminine propriety to become one of the biggest stars of her day to the scandal of Blondie playing disco at CBGB, Hajdu presents an incisive and idiosyncratic history of a form that has repeatedly upset social and cultural expectations. Exhaustively researched and rich with fresh insights, Love for Sale is unbound by the usual tropes of pop music history. Hajdu, for instance, gives a star turn to Bessie Smith and the “blues queens” of the 1920s, who brought wildly transgressive sexuality to American audience decades before rock and roll. And there is Jimmie Rodgers, a former blackface minstrel performer, who created country music from the songs of rural white and blacks . . . entwined with the sound of the Swiss yodel. And then there are today’s practitioners of Electronic Dance Music, who Hajdu celebrates for carrying the pop revolution to heretofore unimaginable frontiers. At every turn, Hajdu surprises and challenges readers to think about our most familiar art in unexpected ways. Masterly and impassioned, authoritative and at times deeply personal, Love for Sale is a book of critical history informed by its writer's own unique history as a besotted fan and lifelong student of pop.

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Genre: Music
Author: David Hajdu
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release: 2016-10-18
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780374710507

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This collection of essays and reviews represents the most significant and comprehensive writing on Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors. Miola's edited work also features a comprehensive critical history, coupled with a full bibliography and photographs of major productions of the play from around the world. In the collection, there are five previously unpublished essays. The topics covered in these new essays are women in the play, the play's debt to contemporary theater, its critical and performance histories in Germany and Japan, the metrical variety of the play, and the distinctly modern perspective on the play as containing dark and disturbing elements. To compliment these new essays, the collection features significant scholarship and commentary on The Comedy of Errors that is published in obscure and difficulty accessible journals, newspapers, and other sources. This collection brings together these essays for the first time.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: William E. Burgwinkle
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Release: 1997
File: 346 Pages
ISBN-13: 0815328427

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Gideon Lowry, one of the better sundrenched Florida private investigators, becomes involved in another Key West murder case after meeting a woman through an escort service. The woman turns up dead shortly after telling Lowry about a piece of salvaged Spanish treasure in her possession.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: John Leslie
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2011-08-09
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781451661026

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When Matt Killian, a LAPD cop-turned-private-eye, is approached one rainy day in Hollywood to take on a missing person case, he initially wants to say "no" when the potential client tells him he chose Killian because he's gay. Killian changes his mind, however, when he learns the man is distraught because his son, Dane Marks—AKA notorious gay porn director, Danny Dark—is missing. Matt is further surprised to learn that Dane has already tried to take his own life, twice, and has now disappeared, possibly to escape interference in his third attempt. It's a race against time as Killian tracks down Danny Dark and attempts to short-circuit the man's desire for self-destruction. Plunged headlong into the sometimes-amusing, sometimes-terrifying world of gay porn, Killian is mistaken for a go-go dancer and performs in a live show to get close to Dane. This book has been previously published.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: A.J. Llewellyn
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release: 2019-03-22
File: 114 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781487424381

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A personal, idiosyncratic history of popular music that also may well be definitive, from the revered music critic From the age of song sheets in the late nineteenth-century to the contemporary era of digital streaming, pop music has been our most influential laboratory for social and aesthetic experimentation, changing the world three minutes at a time. In Love for Sale, David Hajdu—one of the most respected critics and music historians of our time—draws on a lifetime of listening, playing, and writing about music to show how pop has done much more than peddle fantasies of love and sex to teenagers. From vaudeville singer Eva Tanguay, the “I Don’t Care Girl” who upended Victorian conceptions of feminine propriety to become one of the biggest stars of her day to the scandal of Blondie playing disco at CBGB, Hajdu presents an incisive and idiosyncratic history of a form that has repeatedly upset social and cultural expectations. Exhaustively researched and rich with fresh insights, Love for Sale is unbound by the usual tropes of pop music history. Hajdu, for instance, gives a star turn to Bessie Smith and the “blues queens” of the 1920s, who brought wildly transgressive sexuality to American audience decades before rock and roll. And there is Jimmie Rodgers, a former blackface minstrel performer, who created country music from the songs of rural white and blacks . . . entwined with the sound of the Swiss yodel. And then there are today’s practitioners of Electronic Dance Music, who Hajdu celebrates for carrying the pop revolution to heretofore unimaginable frontiers. At every turn, Hajdu surprises and challenges readers to think about our most familiar art in unexpected ways. Masterly and impassioned, authoritative and at times deeply personal, Love for Sale is a book of critical history informed by its writer's own unique history as a besotted fan and lifelong student of pop.

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Genre: Music
Author: David Hajdu
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release: 2016-10-18
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780374710507

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March Morgan still believes in true love, but her faith in finding her soul mate is slowly vanishing.She’s been married but never in love. So, it is a miracle to find that fantasy exists on the last page of a glossy women’s journal. Mayfair Electronics, Ltd., in black and white, offers Love for Sale. The London firm has engineered sentient androids indistinguishable from humans. She flies to England and meets the man she has been searching for her entire life. Christian requires no programming to love March at first sight. He’s handsome, cultured…absolutely perfect…and a little different from the other androids. He has an unexpected independent streak. March signs on the dotted line, buying her dream man. They return to Houston, but soon her past and his future threaten their Happily Ever After—indeed their lives.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Linda Nightingale
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press Inc
Release: 2015-06-10
File: 284 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781509201815

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Romance was for fools… And CEO Matthew Kent was anything but. So what was he doing in Arizona as half owner of a shop devoted to romance? He blamed it all on his aunt. The silly woman had thought he wouldn't be happy until he was married, so she'd set him up. She'd left him not only her fortune, but a business partner, as well. A sweet, sultry, thoroughly romantic business partner. Rachel McCarthy was exactly the kind of woman he avoided. How was he supposed to do business with her? Especially when his heart began demanding a different kind of merger. And Matthew discovered he was a fool for love….

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Sharon Stewart
Publisher: Harlequin
Release: 2011-07-15
File: 192 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781459274440

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