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The Story of Love

In the Guardian, Jeffrey Eugenides traces the origin of the love story, all the way from ancient poetry of Catullus to the stories of Alice Munro, James Joyce and Vladimir Nabokov. After a year of reading and researching love stories for his collection My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead, which takes its title from one of Catullus's poems, Eugenides discovered that love itself is not necessarily the subject of a good love story:

"The happy marriage, the requited love, the desire that never dims - these are lucky eventualities, but they aren't love stories. Love stories depend on disappointment, on unequal births and feuding families, on matrimonial boredom and at least one cold heart. Love stories, nearly without exception, give love a bad name."

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