THE WORK OF FIRE - Rare Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing
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1st Printing. 345 pages. Published in 1995. Collection of essays. One of Maurice Blanchot's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. 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 and as part of Stanford University's legendary "Meridian Crossing: Aesthetics" Series. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Maurice Blanchot's "The Work of Fire" in a felicitous English translation. His seminal literary essays. "Arguably the key figure after Sartre in exploring the relation between literature and philosophy, Blanchot developed a distinctive, limpid form of essay writing. These essays, in form and substance, left their imprint on the work of the most influential French theorists. The writings of Barthes, Foucault, and Derrida are unimaginable without Blanchot. Certain themes recur repeatedly: The relation of literature and language to death; the significance of repetition; the historical, personal, and social function of literature, and simply, what is at stake in the fact that something such as art or literature exists. Among the authors discussed are Kafka, Mallarme, Holderlin, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Sartre, Gide, Pascal, Valery, Hemingway, and Henry Miller" (Publisher's blurb). A little-known fact even among academic commentators about Blanchot: He hid, and thereby saved the lives of, Emmanuel Levinas' family from the Nazis and their French collaborators throughout the war, a humane, risk-taking gesture that helped Levinas, the greatest French philosopher of the 20th century, develop and articulate his "face-to-face" philosophy in concrete terms. An absolute "must-have" title for Maurice Blanchot collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest literary critics of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MAURICE BLANCHOT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0804724326. Bookseller Inventory # 18896
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?A signal event for literary and cultural studies in the English-speaking world. As crucial essays on individual authors, as a major work of literary theory, as an important means of access to the 1940s in French culture, as an exemplary work combining reading and theory?it is of great importance to us today.??J. Hillis Miller, University of California, Irvine
?This collection of essays and reviews from the 1940s is about the ?fiery part? of literary language that burns through the aesthetic illusions and the easy referentiality of everyday language. . . . This collection is indepensable to any attempt to understand the years between Heidegger/Benjamin and Derrida/Man.??Choice
Title: THE WORK OF FIRE - Rare Fine Copy of The ...
Publisher: Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1995
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Edition: 1st Edition.
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