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 continually intriguing myth and tells from the customarily painful fact of adultery. The conclusions she attracts, and the stability she unearths in her marriage and in others, make ADULTERY a enjoyable, poignant, and compassionate e-book.
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Or in cars in parking lots after basketball-away games. Or on a ledge of the Palisades overlooking New York City. On the frequent mornings of these frequent sweet dreams that I have of Roy, I linger long in bed while my husband rises to make our coffee, awaken our children, search the kitchen for something for us to share for breakfast, feed the cats, and let the dog outside to shit and pee. In time, when the clatter in the Page 34 kitchen can no longer be ignored, I rise, reluctantly, and leave my bed, and kiss my husband good morning, and kiss my children good morning.
John Donne's ''The Extasie'' ("to our bodies Page 9 turn we then, that so/Weak men on love revealed a look; /Love's mysteries in souls do grow, / But yet the body is his book"). And the works of Nietzsche for his theory of how heeding animal instinct undermined traditional culture and values, and how this was sometimes good and necessary. After they became lovers, Fullerton told Wharton that their affair would be good for her writing, and, according to her biographer, Shari Benstock, it was. Wharton began writing a love diary, called "The Life Apart," which reads pretty much like anyone else's love diary (yours, mine) would read.
Poems that explore the suicidal despair that all too often follows adultery's betrayal. Writing about adultery like Plath did is dangerous; it might even be deadly. For dwelling on the fact of betrayal can make you feel worse, not better. It helped propel Plath into her final suicidal despair; it might have even hastened the end of her life. Perhaps you plan a novel, or two, or morelike Henry Miller's Crazy Cock or Tropic of Cancer or The Rosy Crucifixionabout how your wife has left you, Page 12 and you write about this your whole writing life.
ADULTERY by Louise DeSalvo