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Thy Neighbor's Wife

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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AuthorGay Talese
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherDoubleday
Publication date
1981, update 2009
Media typePrint
ISBN978-0-06-166543-1

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]

In 1979, prior to the book's publication, United Artists purchased the film rights to Thy Neighbor's Wife for $2.5 million, which at the time was the largest amount ever paid for film rights to any book.[4] At the time, UA contemplated making as many as three films based on the book,[4] and in 1980, William Friedkin agreed to write and direct the first film, which he contemplated would receive an X rating.[5] However, as of 2019, no film has been made.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  4. ^ a b Schwartz, Tony (1979-10-09). "U.A. Pays $2.5 Million For Book by Gay Talese". The New York Times. p. C9. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  5. ^ Bach, Steven (1985). Final Cut: Dreams and Disaster in the Making of Heaven's Gate. New York: New American Library. p. 379. ISBN 0451400364.
  6. ^ See Walls, Jeannette (1991-11-18). "Talese Gooses His Neighbor's Wife". New York. p. 12. Retrieved 2019-01-22., discussing the fact that the film had not been made as of 1991.

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