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Betsy Prioleau
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Betsy Prioleau is the author of Circle of Eros (Duke University Press) Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love (Penguin/Viking), and most recently, Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them (W. W. Norton, 2013). She has a Ph.D. in literature from Duke University, was a tenured associate professor at Manhattan College, and taught cultural history at New York University. She has written numerous essays on literature, relationships, and sexuality. She lives in New York City.

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Seducers: An Rx For Valentine's?

(13) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 7:01 AM

Let's face it: Valentine's has seen better days. Romance is on life-support. In an era of casual coupling, revolving door relationships, and lite love, grand passions are almost an extinct species. Cynicism is the mood du jour. Scan the card racks and you'll find such sentiments as "you'll do;" "you're...

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7 Ladies' Men From Literature (PHOTOS)

(16) Comments | Posted January 26, 2013 | 7:58 AM

Ladies' men don't come any better than they do in literature. These gorgeous heartthrobs have only to appear on the scene and women swoon; they're lost, robbed of their reason and ransacked with desire. Fiction is filled with ladykillers for every taste--firebrand dukes, drifters, CEOs, and raven-eyed rogues--but they all...

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