sixty is twenty times three

Casanova claimed in his autobiography that he seduced thousands of women, though he names just 116 of them. But he wasn’t the only writer who was preoccupied with sex…

Casanova found here

*Alexandre Dumas was said to have fathered dozens of illegitimate children. He was once reproached for holding a young actress on his lap while two others rumpled his hair. “Sixty is twenty times three” he replied “which makes me twenty years old for each of these three young ladies”.

Dumas found here

James Boswell told anyone who would listen that he once made love five times in a row, and contracted gonorrhea seventeen times over a period of thirty years. Frank Harris had Lloyd’s of London insure his card file of the 2,000 women he had bedded. He also invented a pornographic card game called “Dirty Banshee” complete with playing cards depicting satyrs and goddesses in sexual acts.

image found here

Robert Burns seduced women without compunction and is known to have sired no fewer than 14 children, nine of them out of wedlock. His daughter Elizabeth, by Anna Park, and his legitimate daughter of the same name were born within a month of each other, and Jean Armour, his wife, suckled them both as uncomplainingly as though they were her own third set of twins.

Incognito Robert Burns found here

Women writers seem to have been more reluctant to brag or lie about their love affairs and have left fewer records of them. But a French actress/author, Mademoiselle Dubois, would appear to be the champion of both sexes; in her memoirs she claimed her affairs totalled 16,527 over a twenty year period, or about three a day.

Mark  Sam Rosenthal as Blanche Dubois found here

*Excerpt from The Literary Life by Robert Hendrickson

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  1. Ah now that is a thought. I turn 48 in a few days time. I can consider myself three times sixteen… but no teenies for me though!

    I remember the BBC broadcast a rather ribald play about Frank Harris in the late 70s. Leonard Rossiter played Harris. Oh have you ever seen his portrayal of Joseph Pujol, le Petomane?

    • No but I’d like to

      • Its on You Tube in five parts. Embeding is disabled though. I have a pirate copy of the film on dvd too.

        It;s a shame it has never been given a proper release. It is hilarious

  2. Hmmm…seems that the well known of the day had specially designed pants that made for easy dropping. No need to fumble with buttons or zippers, just flex the legs and swoosh! down they fell.

    • But it must have been highly inconvenient sometimes….

  3. Oh goody *looks around for 2 x 24yold hunks*

    • I can’t date anyone younger than my sons. they wouldn’t allow it.

  4. I can barely fit in three meals a day, let a lone three bits of rump

    • Haha, excellent comment

  5. Dumas…another proof that no matter how ugly you are, as long as you have money or power, women will line up.

    • Good writers will always be able to seduce like minds

  6. I have always been suspicious of these five figure scorecards. Writing is a time consuming activity and either all that sex was very bad and perfunctory, or someone is blowing smoke up our hoopskirts. And how does anyone even meet sixteen thousand guys? That’s a lot of kind strangers.

    • Nice reference at the end ;-)

  7. blanche is prettier than dumas.

  8. According to Warren Beatty’s biographer, Beatty slept with “12,775 women, give or take, a figure that does not include daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on.”

    He still has some catching up to do if he wants to break Mademoiselle Dubois’ record.

    • What? He had time to keep track? And why doesn’t a daytime quickie count as sex?

  9. I wonder when Mlle Dubois ever found time to write.

    • I’m not convinced about her. Very little information to be found. Might have to take it up with Robert Hendrickson

  10. I’ve enjoyed hundreds of hamburgers. I’m claiming that right now. Just putting it out there. Scandalous. :)

  11. 3×20… I like that math. :)

  12. All writers are obsessed with sex.
    Wait a minute…
    yep.

  13. Haha.. I like being married, so I’m no gonnae say anymore, no matter how much I would like to.

    • You’re a wise guy Jimmy

  14. well, then… i reckon i don’t feel so bad about all of my [ahem] adventures. when others might give me a sideways glance at my choices in this life, i can always reply “i may have had my share of lovers, but i’m certainly no Dumas!”

  15. Wonderful to see Blanche Dubois and tedious Tennessee Williams being sent up.

    • You don’t like Tennessee? Not even Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?

  16. Hmmm, three 22yo’s, two 33yo’s or one 66yo? Choices, choices!

    • I just checked with Buff. It’s 66 for you boyo

  17. Oh dear, I feel exhausted just thinking about all that sex.

  18. I can’t get past that haunting lovely pictured at the end of your piece. I’m lovestruck.

  19. I’ll be happy if I break the double-digit mark.

  20. I’m tired.

  21. I’m not yet old enough to follow in Dumas’ footsteps in regard to three-way division without going to jail for pedophilia. But it gives me something to aspire to.


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