BREAK, BLOW, BURN: CAMILLE PAGLIA READS FORTY-THREE OF THE WORLD'S BEST POEMS - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Camille Paglia
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1st Printing. Signed. 247 pages. Published in 2005. The author's third collection of essays. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Camille Paglia's "Break, Blow, Burn". Her first full-length book since "Vamps and Tramps" (1994), a very long hiatus. Camille Paglia's close readings of self-contained poems. "Destined to become a landmark. America's premier intellectual provocateur explores and celebrates a series of great poems of the Western tradition, including some surprising discoveries of her own. She brings new energy and insight to our understanding of poems we already know such as masterpieces by Shakespeare, Donne, Shelley, Dickinson, Lowell, and Plath. She leads us to appreciate the artistry of writers with whom we may not be familiar such as Chuck Wachtel and Wanda Coleman. She hails the songwriter Joni Mitchell as a major contemporary poet. Daring, erudite, entertaining, and infused throughout with Paglia's inimitable style and passion, this beautifully written book, and the dazzling mind behind it, will entice readers to begin or renew a passionate engagement with poetry" (Publisher's blurb). The close examination of a text, word for word, is now a lost art. Whatever one's feelings about the rebarbative author ("American Feminism's worst nightmare"), this is an engaging, major book. Whatever its ultimate destiny, it already occupies a crucial place in her oeuvre. An absolute "must-have" title for Camille Paglia collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Camille Paglia. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Paglia's signature virtually fills up the page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most important and influential living American intellectual voices. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CAMILLE PAGLIA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0375420843. Bookseller Inventory # 16031
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Daring, erudite, entertaining, and infused throughout with Paglia?s inimitable style and passion, this beautifully written book??and the dazzling mind behind it??will entice readers to begin or renew a passionate engagement with poetry.
About the Author: Camille Paglia is University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the author of Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson; Sex, Art, and American Culture; and Vamps & Tramps: New Essays. She has also written The Birds, a study of Alfred Hitchcock. She lives in Philadelphia.
Title: BREAK, BLOW, BURN: CAMILLE PAGLIA READS ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Pantheon Books, 2005
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
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