General introduction; Part I. Pursuit: 1. All in Green by E. E. Cummings; 2. Troilus and Criseyde by Chaucer; 3. Free Fall by William Golding; 4. Maud by Alfred Lord Tennyson; 5. The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey; 6. The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar; 7. Emma by Jane Austen; 8. Samuel Pepys by Claire Tomalin; 9. Betrayal by Harold Pinter; 10. Go, Lovely Rose! by Edmund Waller; 11. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; 12. Paradise Lost by Milton; 13. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst; 14. Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding; 15. The Lover: a Ballad by Lady Mary Wortley Montague; 16. Questions; 17. Further reading; Part II. Unrequited love: 18. Tales from Ovid: Echo and Narcissus by Ted Hughes; 19. Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare; 20. Dusty Answer by Rosamond Lehmann; 21. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams; 22. The Folly of Being Comforted by W. B. Yeats; 23. The Waves by Virginia Woolf; 24. If to Love by Pierre de Ronsard (tr. D. B. Wyndham Lewis); 25. Astrophel and Stella by Sir Philip Sidney; 26. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons; 27. Sonnet 8: Sometimes I Wish . . . by Richard Barnfield; 28. Warming Her Pearls by Carol Ann Duffy; 29. Questions; 30. Further reading; Part III. Celebration: 31. Comeclose and Sleepnow by Roger McGough; 32. The Good-Morrow by John Donne; 33. A Song by Thomas Carew; 34. Letter to Lord Alfred Douglas, 35. c.1891 from Oscar Wilde; 36. Letter to her husband, 1920 from Zelda Fitzgerald; 37. Letter to Victor Hugo, 1833 from Juliette Drouet; 38. Journal entry, 19 April 1956 by Sylvia Plath; 39. Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes; 40. Two in the Campagna by Robert Browning; 41. I Like it to Rain by Nii Ayikwei Parke; 42. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy; 43. Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare; 44. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence; 45. The Song of Songs: Chapter 5 from the Bible; 46. Drunk as Drunk by Pablo Neruda (tr. Christopher Logue); 47. Music, When Soft Voices Die by Percy Bysshe Shelley; 48. Questions; 49. Further reading; Part IV. Forbidden love: 50. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy; 51. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Anonymous (tr. by Simon Armitage); 52. Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope; 53. Phaedra's Love by Sarah Kane; 54. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford; 55. The Gift by Vicki Feaver; 56. The Demon Lover by Anonymous; 57. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (tr. by Sandra Smith); 58. The Lady of the House of Love by Angela Carter; 59. The Trial of Lady Chatterley by C. H. Rolph; 60. Questions; 61. Further reading; Part V. Family: 62. The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford; 63. Morning Song by Sylvia Plath; 64. Gap Year by Jackie Kay; 65. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot; 66. To My Brothers by John Keats; 67. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh; 68. The Vortex by Noel Coward; 69. Letter to Lady Elizabeth Ralegh, 1603 from Sir Walter Ralegh; 70. Questions; 71. Further reading; Part VI. Friendship: 72. The Thing in the Forest by A. S. Byatt; 73. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; 74. The Keepsake by Fleur Adcock; 75. The Grasshopper by Richard Lovelace; 76. Sonnet 104 by William Shakespeare; 77. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft; 78. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett; 79. Stuart, a Life Backwards by Alexander Masters; 80. Beloved by Toni Morrison; 81. Questions; 82. Further reading; Part VII. Loss and betrayal: 83. 1789 by Emily Dickinson; 84. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen; 85. In Memoriam by Alfred Lord Tennyson; 86. With Serving Still . . . by Sir Thomas Wyatt; 87. The Apparition by John Donne; 88. Washington Square by Henry James; 89. Neutral Tones by Thomas Hardy; 90. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain; 91. Shadowlands by William Nicholson; 92. Out of Danger by James Fenton; 93. Questions; 94. Further reading; 95. Acknowledgements.