A Cultural History of Masturbation
Distributed for Zone Books
Paperback$27.95 T ISBN: 9781890951337 504 pp. | 9 in x 6 in
A compendious and witty analysis of the subject.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
A superb new volume... it's a helluva ride.
... [A] long, thoughtful meditation on privacy, solitude, the imagination and what Mr. Laqueur calls 'the morally autonomous, modern' self.
New York Times
As a work of scholarly research... Professor Laqueur's hefty tome is without equal.
Sunday Telegraph (UK)
... courageous... the celebration of the imagination has to include a place for solitary sex.
New York Review of Books
Robert A. Nye, PhD
His writing is free from embarrassment and needless jargon....
[Solitary Sex ] will, it almost goes without saying, become the standard work on the subject.
Laqueur argues entertainingly that 'onanism' went on to shape the way that we experience ourselves as modern, autonomous individuals.
Laqueur is an impeccable historian of ideas... he writes in an elegant, almost mesmerizing prose....
Laqueur is persuasive. An engaging writer.
Laqueur tackles with aplomb what has been called the last taboo.
Laqueur's penetrating analysis will fascinate social historians and the intellectual public. Recommended.
... the best sort of contemporary historical scholarship, combining historical detective work and detailed explication with a long view.
Times Higher Education Supplement
This is no cute 'n' frothy pop-cultural round-up: it's a very scholarly work....
Laqueur's scholarly courage—for it took courage to write this book—has reaped ample rewards: Solitary Sex is a brilliant exploration of the shadow side of the Enlightenment.
That masturbation has unsettling truths to tell us about our sexuality has always seemed likely; that the history of masturbation has so much to tell us about the history of freedom and individualism—about the political paradoxes of solitude—is startling. The sheer wit and verve of Laqueur's scholarship—his marvellous possession of the facts and fantasies—makes Solitary Sex a remarkable and compelling book.