Friday, April 06, 2007

Pg. 69: Hanne Blank's "Virgin"

Hanne Blank's new book, Virgin: The Untouched History, is the subject of today's feature at the Page 69 Test.

About the book, from the author's website:
Virgin: The Untouched History is the first-ever history of virginity in Western culture from the Greeks to the present day. What do astrology, the French Revolution, leeches, Queen Victoria's wedding dress, body-snatching, Fanny Hill, gynecological speculums, Aristotle, bicycle riding, and a sex toy called the Lotus Blossum Pocket Pal all have in common? They are among the thousands of people and things -- many of which you never imagined -- that play a part in the history of virginity.
Read a more detailed overview of the book.

Among the early praise for Virgin:
“Entertaining and erudite…. Virgin is a treasure trove of obscure and fascinating material ... presented with wit and clarity. Blank's eye-opening cultural history will make you re-think everything you ever thought you knew about its familiar yet under-analyzed subject.”
—Rachel Mania Brown, author of All the Fishes Come Home to Roost
Also, follow the reviews coming in at

Hanne Blank is a writer, editor, public speaker, and historian whose work has appeared to great acclaim in many print and online publications, anthologies and collections, as well as in book form. A classically-trained musician who has also been formally educated as an historian, she has been writing full-time since 2000.

She is the author/editor of the following books:

  • Virgin: The Untouched History (March 2007, Bloomsbury USA)
  • Unruly Appetites (2003, Seal Press)
  • Shameless: Women’s Intimate Erotica (2002,Seal Press)
  • Best Transgender Erotica (with Raven Kaldera, 2002, Circlet Press)
  • Zaftig: Well Rounded Erotica (2001, Cleis Press)
  • Big Big Love: A Sourcebook on Sex for People of Size and Those Who Love Them (2000, Greenery Press)
Visit Hanne Blank's website, her blog, and the book's official website.

The Page 69 Test: Virgin: The Untouched History.

--Marshal Zeringue