The Technique of the Love Affair


By Doris Langley Moore

This 1928 classic – playfully shocking and surprisingly practical – is now back in print, astutely annotated for the 90s. Originally published anonymously by the multitalented Doris Langley Moore (author of many non-fiction and fiction books, and a much sought-after costume designer for film & theater), The Technique of the Love Affair is a masterfully written dialogue between the wordly “Cypria” and the naive and sentimental “Saccharissa” on how to conduct, with grace and restraint, successful love affairs.

Moore outlines a pragmatic approach to sexual pursuits and conquests, peppering her advice with incisive comments on the nature of men and women which has remained virtually unchanged after 70 years.

A sparkling period piece and a shrewd guidebook for those who consider pleasure a serious business, this book is brimming with timeless insight. In this new edition, it is – more than ever – a wise and witty manual on the art of love for the thinking woman.

About the Author

Doris Langley Moore, the “gentlewoman” who wrote this book, was born in Liverpool in 1902. She was a biographer, novelist, museum founder, fashion designer, television commentator, scholar, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She died in London in 1989.