This too is love

This Too is Love front cover. A blonde sits on a white, carpeted floor, leaning on her left elbow, supported by a pile of cushions. She is barefoot, and her stilettos are seen next to the cushions along with a pack of cigarettes and an open matchbook. She wears a red, short, velvet dress with multi-row spaghetti straps. She faces the reader in a three-quarter angle towards the center-right of the image, and her knees are bent, legs and feet close together. Her left foot is raised from the heel, the toes touching her right heel. She holds a cigarette in her right hand, which arches over her right knee. Her chin rests on the back of her left hand. Her face faces the reader, but her slightly squinted eyes look toward her right, where another woman sits up from a lying position, stretched on a camel-back green sofa on the right side of her body. The woman is a brunette with hair to her nape and is dressed in a yellow blouse and brown capri pants. Her left arm is stretched over her left leg, and her torso is slightly lifted, resting on her right elbow. She looks straight at the blond with a half-smile. The scene is lit from the left, with the most light placed on the blonde.
This Too is Love back cover. Why? What drives thousands of young wives like Janet Colton to turn their backs on husbands, homes, even children, to take on these strange, lonely alliances? Here is a novel that tries to explore why and how such things happen. Has the conjugal bed become just another arena for the battle of the sexes? It had begun to seem that way to Janet. She could outsmart her husband, Lance, in their public relations business, but he could destroy her as a woman, at night, in the solitary darkness of their marriage bed. When Rhonda Marsh, blond, rich, beautiful, and above all, wise, came into their lives, the lonely, sexually frustrated Janet put up a brave but losing battle. Soon she found herself trying to serve two masters, torn between the strong but gentle love she needed and the husband she loved and wanted. Not A Novel Of Lesbian Love A Novel, Rather, Probing The Reasons For Lesbian Love And Its Bittersweet Consequences

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This too is love

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A paperback original. This book was published as a mass-market paperback without a hardcover printing.

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155 pages
18 cm

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NODL Evaluation Report

"Could arouse the passions and curiousity [sic] of the young. Completely ignored the premise that immorality with either sex is wrong- showed only that immorality with the same sex if dangerous- then painted a highly alluring picture of this kind of immorality."

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Contested in the U.S.A and Canada by the National Organization for Decent Literature. It was listed in the NODL Newsletter from 4-2-1964 until October 1964.

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A novel of love’s misfits... For many unhappy young wives like Janet, a woman like Rhonda is waiting – to teach a new kind of love!.

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Why? What drives thousands of young wives like Janet Colton to turn their backs on husbands, homes, even children, to take on these strange, lonely alliances? Here is a novel that tries to explore why and how such things happen. Has the conjugal bed become just another arena for the battle of the sexes? It had begun to seem that way to Janet. She could outsmart her husband, Lance, in their public relations business, but he could destroy her as a woman, at night, in the solitary darkness of their marriage bed. When Rhonda Marsh, blond, rich, beautiful, and above all, wise, came into their lives, the lonely, sexually frustrated Janet put up a brave but losing battle. Soon she found herself trying to serve two masters, torn between the strong but gentle love she needed and the husband she loved and wanted. Not A Novel Of Lesbian Love A Novel, Rather, Probing The Reasons For Lesbian Love And Its Bittersweet Consequences

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A blonde sits on a white, carpeted floor, leaning on her left elbow, supported by a pile of cushions. She is barefoot, and her stilettos are seen next to the cushions along with a pack of cigarettes and an open matchbook. She wears a red, short, velvet dress with multi-row spaghetti straps. She faces the reader in a three-quarter angle towards the center-right of the image, and her knees are bent, legs and feet close together. Her left foot is raised from the heel, the toes touching her right heel. She holds a cigarette in her right hand, which arches over her right knee. Her chin rests on the back of her left hand. Her face faces the reader, but her slightly squinted eyes look toward her right, where another woman sits up from a lying position, stretched on a camel-back green sofa on the right side of her body. The woman is a brunette with hair to her nape and is dressed in a yellow blouse and brown capri pants. Her left arm is stretched over her left leg, and her torso is slightly lifted, resting on her right elbow. She looks straight at the blond with a half-smile. The scene is lit from the left, with the most light placed on the blonde.

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Bena Williams

Hi, I was wondering if you have more information on this author's identity being a Clayton Hartley Matthews? I'm researching him as well and was under the impression that Vail was his name. 

Thanks,

Bena

Denyse Rodrigues

Thanks for your question, Bena

The Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1964: January-June, page 557, lists Tom Vail as the pseudonym of Clayton H. Matthews for the book This Too is Love.

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Vail, Tom, “This too is love,” The Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection @ Mount Saint Vincent University, accessed December 1, 2022, https://msvulpf.omeka.net/items/show/727.