Updike in love

The author of "Rabbit, Run" picks the five greatest novels about romance.

Published May 24, 1999 4:00PM (EDT)

Loving by Henry Green

An English estate in Ireland during World War II lyrically houses amorous doings among both masters and servants.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

A young bourgeois wife seeks spiritual and sexual fulfillment away from the marital bed and runs grievously into debt.

The Princesse de Clhves by Madame de Lafayette

A long extramarital attraction is consummated by the heroines announcement that the way to keep love alive is not to marry.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos

Polymorphous seduction and betrayal among the terminally jaded 18th century aristocracy: an epistolary novel.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Among the Puritan pioneers of Boston, a promising clergyman falls afoul of a dark-haired proto-feminist and her wizardly older husband.

By the editors of Salon Books

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