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Malcolm, Janet. PSYCHOANALYSIS: THE IMPOSSIBLE PROFESSION. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 174 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's book-length account on subject. Now considered a late-modern classic. The First Hardcover Edition. 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. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Janet Malcolm's "Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession". Her landmark book on the state of psychoanalysis in America (where it flourishes more than it does in Europe), as seen through the eyes of Freud's disciple, the pseudonymously-named "Aaron Green". "She has managed somehow to peer into the reticent, reclusive world of psychoanalysis and to report to us, with remarkable fidelity, what she has seen. When I began reading, I thought condescendingly, 'She will get the facts right, and everything else wrong'. She does gets the facts right, but far more impressive, she has been able to capture and convey the claustral atmosphere of the profession. Her book is journalism become art" (The New York Times). "Original, rich, and will reward anyone interested in the science or art of changing minds" (The Washington Post). As described by Malcolm, "Aaron Green" comes alive, a full-fledged literary character whose commitment to reason, on the one hand, and passionate, near-irrational faith in his profession, on the (seemingly contradictory) other, will move the reader. The first of two consecutive books on the subject, its sequel, "In The Freud Archives" (1984), caused a sensation and enormous legal troubles for Malcolm, who successfully defeated them. "The instability of human knowledge is one of our few certainties" (Janet Malcolm). An absolute "must-have" title for Janet Malcolm collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is the nicest copy we have ever found of this true 1981 First Edition. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent editions or have major flaws. A rare copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JANET MALCOLM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394520386. $70.00

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