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FORTY-ONE FALSE STARTS: ESSAYS ON ARTISTS AND WRITERS - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed, Placed, And Dated (Shortly After Publication) by Janet Malcolm - ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Malcolm, Janet

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ISBN 10: 0374157693 / ISBN 13: 9780374157692
Published by New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013
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1st Printing. Signed. 300 pages. Published in 2013. Retrospective collection of literary and cultural essays. One of the best literary collections of our time. 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 Janet Malcolm's "Forty-One False Starts: Essays On Artists And Writers". The literary essay and cultural journalism practiced consistently at an Olympian level. A major retrospective of her work in late-career, it is a rich sampling of the very best essays Malcolm has written for The New Yorker Magazine and The New York Review of Books during the last two decades of the 20th (a turning point for her as a writer) and 21st (a recapitulation/summing-up of her lifelong themes) centuries. "Even if you've been reading Janet Malcolm for years, the critical appreciations collected in 'Forty-One False Starts' may surprise you. The title essay is (or pretends to be) a series of scrapped beginnings to her profile of the painter David Salle, a giant of the art world in vulnerable mid-career. If you want to write magazine prose, this alone should make you buy the book. Ranging from Bloomsbury to Edward Weston to J. D. Salinger, the entire book is full of stylistic daring, fine distinctions, and bold judgments set down at the speed of thought" (Lorin Stein). "No living writer has narrated the drama of turning the messy and meaningless world into words as brilliantly, precisely, and analytically as Janet Malcolm. Her influence is so vast that much of the writing world has begun to think in the charged, analytic terms of a Janet Malcolm passage" (The Paris Review). "The instability of human knowledge is one of our few certainties" (Janet Malcolm). An absolute "must-have" title for Janet Malcolm collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (shortly after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Janet Malcolm, May 16, 2013, NYC". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great collection. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Signed copies by Janet Malcolm are rare. Despite the enormous publicity she has generated over the years (she was sued for libel by one of her subjects and vilified by fellow journalists) or perhaps because of it, Malcolm has remained an extreme introvert who has done no more than a few public signings in her career. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JANET MALCOLM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374157693. Bookseller Inventory # 18054

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A National Book Critics Circle Finalist for Criticism

A deeply Malcolmian volume on painters, photographers, writers, and critics.

Janet Malcolm's In the Freud Archives and The Journalist and the Murderer, as well as her books about Sylvia Plath and Gertrude Stein, are canonical in the realm of nonfiction--as is the title essay of this collection, with its forty-one "false starts," or serial attempts to capture the essence of the painter David Salle, which becomes a dazzling portrait of an artist. Malcolm is "among the most intellectually provocative of authors," writes David Lehman in The Boston Globe, "able to turn epiphanies of perception into explosions of insight."

Here, in Forty-one False Starts, Malcolm brings together essays published over the course of several decades (largely in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books) that reflect her preoccupation with artists and their work. Her subjects are painters, photographers, writers, and critics. She explores Bloomsbury's obsessive desire to create things visual and literary; the "passionate collaborations" behind Edward Weston's nudes; and the character of the German art photographer Thomas Struth, who is "haunted by the Nazi past," yet whose photographs have "a lightness of spirit." In "The Woman Who Hated Women," Malcolm delves beneath the "onyx surface" of Edith Wharton's fiction, while in "Advanced Placement" she relishes the black comedy of the Gossip Girl novels of Cecily von Zeigesar. In "Salinger's Cigarettes," Malcolm writes that "the pettiness, vulgarity, banality, and vanity that few of us are free of, and thus can tolerate in others, are like ragweed for Salinger's helplessly uncontaminated heroes and heroines." "Over and over," as Ian Frazier writes in his introduction, "she has demonstrated that nonfiction--a book of reporting, an article in a magazine, something we see every day--can rise to the highest level of literature."

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Nonfiction Books of 2013

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A deeply Malcolmian volume on painters, photographers, writers, and critics

Janet Malcolm?s In the Freud Archives and The Journalist and the Murderer, as well as her books about Sylvia Plath and Gertrude Stein, are canonical in the realm of nonfiction?as is the title essay of this collection, with its forty-one ?false starts,? or serial attempts to capture the essence of the painter David Salle, which becomes a dazzling portrait of an artist. Malcolm is ?among the most intellectually provocative of authors,? writes David Lehman in The Boston Globe, ?able to turn epiphanies of perception into explosions of insight.?

Here, in Forty-one False Starts, Malcolm brings together essays published over the course of several decades (largely in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books) that reflect her preoccupation with artists and their work. Her subjects are painters, photographers, writers, and critics. She explores Bloomsbury?s obsessive desire to create things visual and literary; the ?passionate collaborations? behind Edward Weston?s nudes; and the character of the German art photographer Thomas Struth, who is ?haunted by the Nazi past,? yet whose photographs have ?a lightness of spirit.? In ?The Woman Who Hated Women,? Malcolm delves beneath the ?onyx surface? of Edith Wharton?s fiction, while in ?Advanced Placement? she relishes the black comedy of the Gossip Girl novels of Cecily von Zeigesar. In ?Salinger?s Cigarettes,? Malcolm writes that ?the pettiness, vulgarity, banality, and vanity that few of us are free of, and thus can tolerate in others, are like ragweed for Salinger?s helplessly uncontaminated heroes and heroines.? ?Over and over,? as Ian Frazier writes in his introduction, ?she has demonstrated that nonfiction?a book of reporting, an article in a magazine, something we see every day?can rise to the highest level of literature.?

 

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Nonfiction Books of 2013

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Title: FORTY-ONE FALSE STARTS: ESSAYS ON ARTISTS ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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