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Malcolm, Janet. FORTY-ONE FALSE STARTS: ESSAYS ON ARTISTS AND WRITERS. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 300 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of literary and cultural essays. One of the most valuable collections of its kind ever published in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Janet Malcolm's retrospective of her work, a selection of some of the very best essays ever written for The New Yorker Magazine and The New York Review of Books over the last three decades. "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 literary essay and cultural journalism practiced at an Olympian level, this is an absolute "must-have" title for Janet Malcolm collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (very shortly after publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Janet Malcolm, May 16, 2013, NYC". Considering her stature in the literary world and despite the enormous controversy she has generated over the years (she was sued for libel by some of her subjects, among other apparent transgressions, none of them with any legal standing), Malcolm remains an extreme introvert who must have done no more than three or four public appearance/signings in all, making this signed copy instantly and lastingly collectible. This title is a contemporary classic. 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. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JANET MALCOLM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374157693. $80.00

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