Alex Comfort

(1920 - 2000)

A physician and gerontologist born in London, Alex Comfort translated the Koka Shastra from Sanskrit into English in 1964. His illustrated manual The Joy of Sex—which the New York Times referred to as “the coffee-table Kama Sutra of the baby-boom generation”—made the best-seller list in 1972. Although remembered best for Joy, Comfort was a prolific author who also wrote about anarchy, nuclear disarmament, and ageism, as well as a book titled Darwin and the Naked Lady and a fantasy novel inspired by William Blake.

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