The Natural Philosophy of Love is an exploration of the prodigious sexual mores of Nature's creations. Translated with a postscript by Ezra Pound, Remy de Gourmont's "essay on sexual instinct" surveys the entire animal kingdom, describing the hermaphroditism of oysters, the cannibalistic amours of spiders, and many more curious natural phenomena. Blending zoology, poetry, and philosophy, the author's subversive erudition casts a dubious glance at anthropocentric morality, finding "there is no lewdness which has not its normal type in nature."
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About the AuthorEzra Pound (1884-1972) was a leading Modernist poet and the driving force behind Imagism and Vorticism.
"As you read M. de Gourmont's work it is not any particular phrase, poem, or essay that holds you, so much as a continuing sense of intelligence, of a limpid, active intelligence in the mind of the writer." --Ezra Pound