The Mistress : Histories, Myths and Interpretations of the "Other Woman"

By: Griffin, Victoria

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As long as there is marriage, there will also be the Mistress. Why then, does our society still behave as if marital infidelity were some unfathomable aberration?

Mythology is rich with mistresses-- both divine and mortal--some who have played their roles cunningly and to perfection, and some who have destroyed themselves and all around them. Famous mistresses have not only graced literature but have written it. Courtesans have been a feature of royal courts throughout history. And, whether or not we admit it, or feign nave ignorance, mistresses are women we know, here and now.

Victoria Griffin, herself a mistress, brings her steady yet startling focus on the mistresses in history and culture, past and present: from Camille Claudel to Monica Lewinsky, from Madame de Pompadour to Simone de Beauvoir, from George Eliot to Pamela Harriman. It is a subject as rich and diverse as history itself, alive with memorable characters. The Mistress will provoke and delight in equal measure.

Title: The Mistress : Histories, Myths and Interpretations of the "Other Woman"

Author Name: Griffin, Victoria

Categories: Other,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A., Bloomsbury Publishing: 1999

ISBN Number: 1582340536

ISBN Number 13: 9781582340531

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: As New

Jacket Condition: As New

Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Seller ID: 006790