Much Ado about Loving

Much Ado about Loving

What Our Favorite Novels Can Teach You about Date Expectations, Not So-Great Gatsbys, and Love in the Time of Internet

By Jack Murnighan; Maura Kelly

Free Press, Hardcover, 9781451621242, 204pp.

Publication Date: January 3, 2012


This smart and charming hybrid of lit and love is filled with hilarious relationship advice borrowed from the most famous characters in literature.

From Dido to Jane Eyre, the characters of great literature are trying to figure out how to have healthy, happy relationships—with varying degrees of success—just like the rest of us. But the world’s best-known heroes and heroines didn’t go through all their trials and tribulations for naught—and now, thanks to Much Ado About Loving, we can learn from their foibles, misadventures, and eventual triumphs.

Much as things have changed since the days when Jane Austen was writing, a lot about love has stayed the same. And so timeless literary classics contain many great lessons about romance that are as relevant today as they ever were. In this unique relationship guide full of humor and pathos, Maura Kelly and Jack Murnighan reflect on the renowned novels that have given them the most insight into their romantic lives. In chapters like Lightbulb in August: How to Have a Clue When He’s Just Not That Into You, they use Faulkner to discuss early warning signs a relationship isn’t going to work out. In Infinite Gesticulating: Why Do Men Talk So Much? they cite David Foster Wallace as an example of the male propensity to bloviate, but also have some suggestions for how to deal with it.

Witty, wise and well-read in equal measures, Kelly and Murnighan will appeal to lovers of Candace Bushnell as much as to hard-core literary types with their entertaining, erudite, and engaging style.

About the Author
Jack Murnighan has a Ph.D. in medieval and renaissance literature from Duke University. His book, "Beowulf on the Beach" helped tens of thousands of readers rediscover their love of the classics. His two previous books, "The Naughty Bits" and "Classic Nasty", were critically acclaimed tours of sexuality in the history of literature. He lives in New York City.

Maura Kelly has been a staff writer for "Glamour", a daily dating blogger for "Marie Claire", and a relationships columnist for "amNew York". Her work has appeared in publications like "The New York Times", " The Washington Post", " More", "The Boston Globe, "and" Rolling Stone". She received her BA in psychology from Dartmouth College and her MFA in creative writing. She lives in New York City.

Much Ado About Loving


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