Sexual Secrets: The Sex Lives of Famous People by Bernard Levinson

01 Jun 2013
Sexual Secrets

It all began with John Keats the poet. He has always interested me. After all, he had already qualified as a GP and was doing surgery at Guys Hospital when he realised he had TB. But what interested me most of all was that he shared a house with Fanny Brawne and never got to bed with her….Wrote her beautiful poems, but couldn’t touch her….I wondered if Sex therapy could have changed his life. Then I thought …Why not! I made an appointment for Keats and I did just that. I included a case discussion and differential diagnosis. At that time I was the editor of the Sexology Journal of South Africa and I place my interview on the last few pages of the Journal. The response was so overwhelming I made an appointment for Hemingway!

The doors suddenly opened for the most amazing people who called for sex therapy. Such a sweep, like Tarzan who was obviously a premature ejaculator, and even Snow White…. I gave myself two basic ground rules. I would not change the truth of their lives in any way, and I would try as best as possible to allow the reader to actually visualise them. I knew so many of the characters but I had no idea what they looked like. I wanted to change that. Seeing Joan of Arc through the eyes of a religious person gave us the moving deeply religious epic. Seeing her through the eyes of a politician was a story of political intrigue and manipulation. Seeing her through the eyes of a playwright gave us the amazing Shaw drama. Seeing her through the eyes of a Psychiatrist revealed an entirely new devastating look at her life.

I shed many tears writing these vignettes. Some were tears of joy in the sheer fun of bringing these characters to life. So often they were tears of terrible sadness.

Date of Publication: June 2013
ISBN: 978-0-6158245-4-3
Publisher: Rebelebooks

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