The Pure and the Impure by Colette (ISBN - 9780374506922)
(USED) Very good condition. Wrinkle in corner of rear cover.
"When this work of Colette's first appeared in France, it carried the title of Ces Plaisirs... and the pleasures to which Colette was referring were those 'which are lightly called physical' meaning, Miss Flanner adds in her introduction, 'that they can shake the soul.' It is a curious, concentrated volume in which, Miss Flanner says, 'it was Colette's desire to add to the limited treasury of truthful insights into love, into the mysteries of love in its many forms. And in Ces Plaisirs... she used her customary semifictional formula to report on the behavior, the mores, reflexes, instincts of women, especially as sentient, desiring creatures drawn to similarities and even to substitutes.'"