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    What is Love? (Hardback) By (author) Richard Carlile, Volume editor Professor Michael Bush

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    DescriptionWhat is Love? provides a timely appreciation of Richard Carlile's neglected shocker, Every Woman's Book. Originally published in 1826, it scored a double first: as a progressive sex manual and as the first book in English to specify methods of contraception. Carlile, a leading radical of the early nineteenth century, was notorious for his blend of republicanism, atheism and libertarianism. His book created a philosophy of sex which was found irresponsible and obscene at the time but today appears sensible and progressive. It proposed that sex was a right of adulthood rather then a marital privilege; that sexual satisfaction was necessary to a person's health and happiness; that sexual intercourse was a virtue and therefore a source of morality; and that men and women both had the same sexual needs and were therefore naturally equal. Michael Bush provides a lucid and entertaining introduction to Carlile, a man opposed to alcohol and meat-eating but committed to the 'health-giving' properties of raw mercury, and who served ten years in prison for his beliefs, during which he organised an extensive following of fellow republicans and atheists. Bush's careful analysis of the personal and intellectual origins of Carlile's work and its impact do full justice to what is both a fascinating historical document and a key influence on society's acceptance of a liberal, sensualist view of sex.

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    What is Love?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Carlile, Volume editor Professor Michael Bush
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 199 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9781859848517
    ISBN 10: 1859848516

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    DC21: 306.7
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.2
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    B&T General Subject: 750
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    DC22: 306.7
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    Libri: I-LO
    BISAC V2.8: PSY016000
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    BISAC V2.8: HEA042000
    B&T Approval Code: A31540000
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    LC classification: HQ964 .B87 1998
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    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    17 September 1998
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    Author Information
    M.L. Bush was formerly a reader in history at the University of Manchester. He is now a full-time writer, and is currently completing a comparative study of servitude in modern times.
    Review quote
    "A passionate protest against fear of the body; a radical challenge to ascetism; a celebration of the right to pleasure for a woman as well as men; and written in 1826! Carlile's is a classic text of sexual radicalism." - Sheila Rowbotham