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Thy Neighbor's Wife is a non-fiction book by Gay Talese, published in 1981 and updated in 2009.[1][2]

Thy Neighbor's Wife
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Author Gay Talese
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
1981, update 2009
Media type Print
ISBN 978-0-06-166543-1

The book is an exploration of sexuality in America from after World War II through the 1970s, with notable discussion of the free love subculture. It provides a snapshot of liberated pre-AIDS sexual morality.

In preparation for writing the book, Talese resided for several months at clothing-optional resort Sandstone Retreat.[3]


  1. ^ Talese, Gay (January 1, 1980). Thy Neighbor's Wife. Garden City: Doubleday Books. p. 568. ISBN 978-0385006323. OCLC 6041425. 
  2. ^ Talese, Gay (April 14, 2009). Thy Neighbor's Wife. Harper Perennial. p. 608. ISBN 978-0061665431. OCLC 232978247. 
  3. ^ Frayser, Suzanne G; Whitby, Thomas J (June 15, 1995). Studies in Human Sexuality: A Selected Guide. Libraries Unlimited. pp. 663–664. ISBN 978-1563081316. OCLC 246859790. 

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