Casanova's consuming passions (Neapolitan macaroni and sweaty women), Stendhal's sexual mores ("Prudishness is a kind of avarice—the worst kind"): Penguin's Great Loves
series showcases well- and lesser-known treasures by these two worldly gentlemen, as well as those by Ivan Turgenev (First Love
), Thomas Hardy (A Mere Interlude
), SØren Kierkegaard (The Seducer's Diary
), and others. Snuggle up with one of these enticing little volumes and explore the complexities of desire.
— Cathleen Medwick