Yes, it’s the same author who did Charlotte’s Web. However, I was expecting something completely different from this book. It turns out that this book is a parody.
Imagine 1929. In the field of sexuality, Freud was the man. Ellis was gaining a reputation, and Kinsey is about to begin his sexual experiments. Many people don’t think of the 1920’s as a sexual time in history. But I guess people were eventually getting out of their Victorian slumbers.
At any rate, Freud and others made sexuality into a science. Thurber and White take advantage of this and write a book that mocks the whole scientific outlook on sex. At some moments, it’s humorous. But both of the authors wrote for The New Yorker and so their humor is very dry.
Just to give you a sampling, they mention that when a woman makes fudge, it’s a good way to entice a man. They made up a condition called “Recession Knee” for the man. “Recession Knee” is when the man pulls his knee away from the woman in order to get away from her. It’s kind of like his own version of frigidity.
If you’re in the mood for some New Yorker humor, that deals with sex, and mocks the science of sex, then this book is for you.