The Art of Seduction

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T H E ART OF S E D U C T I O N Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, has a degree in classical literature. He lives in Los Angeles. Visit his Web site: Joost Elffers is the producer of Viking Studio's bestselling The Secret Language of Birthdays, The Secret Language of Relationships, as well as Play with Your Food.

He lives in New York City.

the art of


Robert Greene
A Joost Elffers Book



Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, U.S.A. Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 250 Camberwell Road, Camberwell,Victoria 3124, Australia Penguin Books Canada Ltd, 10 Alcorn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4V 3B2 Penguin Books India (P) Ltd, 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi - 110 017, India Penguin Books (N.Z.) Ltd, Cnr Rosedale and Airborne Roads, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, 24 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa Penguin Books Ltd, Registered Offices: 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England First published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc. 2001 Published in Penguin Books 2003 1 3 5 7 9 1 0 8 6 4 2

Copyright © Robert Greene and Joost Elffers, 2001 All rights reserved Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders. The publisher apologizes for any errors or omissions in the list that follows and would be grateful to be notified of any corrections that should appear in any reprint. THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS HAS CATALOGUED THE HARDCOVER EDITION AS FOLLOWS:

Greene Robert. The art of seduction / Robert Greene. p. cm. "A Joost Elffers book." ISBN 0-670-89192-4 (hc.) ISBN 0 14 20.0119 8 (pbk.) 1. Sexual excitement. 2. Sex instruction. 3. Seduction. HQ31 .G82 2001 306.7—dc21 2001025868


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Grateful acknowledgment is made for permission to reprint excerpts from the following copyrighted works: Falling in Love by Francesco Alberoni, translated by Lawrence Venuti. Reprinted by permission of Random House, Inc. Seduction by Jean Baudrillard, translated by Brian Singer. St. Martin's Press, 1990. Copyright © New World Perspectives. 1990. Reprinted by permission of Palgrave. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by G. H. McWilliam (Penguin Classics 1972, second edition 1995). Copyright © G. H. McWilliam, 1972, 1995. Reprinted by permission of Penguin Books Ltd. Warhol by David Bourdon, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of the publisher. Behind the Mask: On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters and Other Japanese Cultural Heroes by Ian Buruma, Random blouse UK, 1984. Reprinted with permission. Andreas Capcllanus on Love by Andreas Capellanus. translated by P. G. Walsh. Reprinted by permission of Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd. The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione, translated by George Bull (Penguin Classics 1967, revised edition 1976). Copyright © George Bull, 1967,...
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