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Paglia, Camille. SEX, ART, AND AMERICAN CULTURE: REVIEW COPY OF THE FIRST HARDCOVER EDITION. London, England: Vintage Books, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 337 pages. Fine/Fine.

Rare Camille Paglia collectible set. A rare copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing with a signed copy of the softcover original. The author's debut collection of essays. Review Copy. Review Material laid-in. 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 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 living American intellectual voices. A fine set. (SEE ALSO OTHER CAMILLE PAGLIA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679741011. $80.00

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