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T H E A R T O F 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: www.seductionbook.com

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

eduction

Robert Greene

A Joost Elffers Book

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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. I.Title.

HQ31 .G82 2001

306.7—dc21

2001025868

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Designed by Jaye Zimet with Joost Elffers

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To the memory of my father

Acknowledgments

First, I would like to thank Anna Biller for her countless contributions to this book: the research, the many discussions, her invaluable help with the text itself, and, last but not least, her knowledge of the art of seduction, of which I have been the happy victim on numerous occasions.

I must thank my mother, Laurette, for supporting me so steadfastly

throughout this project and for being my most devoted fan.

I would like to thank Catherine Léouzon, who some years ago introduced me to
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
and the world of Valmont. I would like to thank David Frankel, for his deft editing and for his much-appreciated advice; Molly Stern at Viking Penguin, for overseeing the project and helping to shape it; Radha Pancham, for keeping it all organized and being so patient; and Brett Kelly, for moving things along. With heavy heart I would like to pay tribute to my cat Boris, who for thirteen years watched over me as I wrote and whose presence is sorely missed. His successor, Brutus, has proven to be a worthy muse.

Finally, I would like to honor my father. Words cannot express how

much I miss him and how much he has inspired my work.

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Contents

Acknowlegments

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Preface

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