Title: SEX, ART, AND AMERICAN CULTURE: REVIEW COPY ...
Publisher: London, England: Vintage Books, 1992
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 337 pages. Published in 1992. Rare Camille Paglia collectible set. A fine copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing with a fine copy of the softcover original. The latter is signed by Camille Paglia. The author's debut collection of essays. Review Copy. Review Material laid-in. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original in the United Kingdom only. The book was first published in the United States, but as a softcover original only. Despite queries from readers and collectors, no American Hardcover Edition was ever released. Both editions are now scarce. Presents Camille Paglia's "Sex, Art, And American Culture". Twenty-one provocative essays from one of the most rebellious, iconoclastic yet thoughtful writers on the contemporary American cultural scene. Camille Paglia's "lone-voice-in-the-wilderness" crusade against the prevailing culture of political correctness in America is laudable even if her pugnaciousness (some would say obnoxiousness) puts off many people, rightly so, because it's deliberate on Paglia's part to set herself apart from other commentators and rise above the noise. Her criticism of mainstream American feminism cannot be ignored for the simple reason that she is mostly right about the pieties and hypocrisies that have become entrenched in a movement that was once as dynamic as the Civil Rights Movement. Her central insight is that although we are a product of Judaeo-Christian "Puritan" civilization, our Graeco-Roman "pagan" past remains very much alive albeit deeply repressed. This helps explain the vitality of both popular culture and the cutting-edge, anti-establishment underground. An impressive, tour-de-force performance. The true First Edition, which comes with this copy, is the American, issued as a softcover original only. An absolute "must-have" set for Camille Paglia collectors. This is a Review Copy. Laid-in is the Review Material. This copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing was issued in the United Kingdom only. It comes with a copy of the softcover original, which is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Camille Paglia. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such set available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright. Please note: The British Hardcover Edition was issued in a tiny print run, of which this Review Copy is the only one we have ever found. It is not signed, but the softcover original it comes with is. A rare set thus. One of the most important and influential American intellectual voices of our time. A fine set. (SEE ALSO OTHER CAMILLE PAGLIA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0679741011. Bookseller Inventory # 19241
Synopsis: A collection of twenty of Paglia's out-spoken essays on contemporary issues in America's ongoing cultural debate such as Anita Hill, Robert Mapplethorpe, the beauty myth, and the decline of education in America.
From Publishers Weekly:
Provocative cultural critic Paglia (Sexual Personas) here offers 21 previously published essays and interviews that celebrate pop culture while trashing feminism and academic theory. Her paeans to Madonna, tributes to Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando, and discussions of rock music and bodybuilding include attacks on the prudery of old guard establishment feminists, while her reviews of scholarly works on cross-dressing and gay history trumpet Paglia's contention that today's intellectuals refuse to acknowledge the dark, immutable powers of sexual drive. Reverence for these powers led Paglia to take her controversial stand, fully documented here, against sympathy for victims of date rape. Paglia lacks the subtlety and decorum of the very scholars--from Freud and Jung to Leslie Fiedier--whom she claims as her forerunners; she instead resembles the rock stars whom she so venerates, stripped of their capacity for self-mockery. Yet for all their faults, her essays engage with an ambitious range of art and ideas, her invocation of primal sexuality adding a missing element to critical debates. While she should be taken with a truckful of road salt, Paglia should not be ignored. Author tour.
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