Paglia, Camille. BREAK, BLOW, BURN: CAMILLE PAGLIA READS FORTY-THREE OF THE WORLD'S BEST POEMS. New York City, NY: Pantheon Books, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 247 pages. As New/As New.

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 regular first print run to considerable critical and popular acclaim, it is Camille Paglia's first full-length book since "Vamps and Tramps" (1994). "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 undeniably a major book. Whatever its ultimate destiny, it already occupies a crucial place in her oeuvre. A "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. Paglia's signature virtually fills up the page. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most important and influential living American intellectual voices. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CAMILLE PAGLIA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375420843. $100.00

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