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Levi-Strauss, Claude (Author/Subject) & Eribon, Didier (Contributor). CONVERSATIONS WITH CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 184 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of interviews. The single most accessible introduction to the life and work of Claude Levi-Strauss, the greatest anthropologist/thinker of our time. 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 by a University Press. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents "Conversations With Claude Levi-Strauss". Casts a retrospective and poignant glow on his long and stupendous career, and more important, is immensely approachable, readable, and riveting. "At the age of eighty, one of the most influential yet reclusive intellectuals of the twentieth century consented to his first interviews in nearly thirty years. Reveals the great anthropologist speaking of his life and work with ease and humor. Rich in Levi-Strauss' candid appraisals of some of the best-known figures of the Parisian intelligentsia: The Surrealists Andre Breton and Max Ernst, with whom Levi-Strauss shared a bohemian life in 1940's Manhattan; Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Albert Camus, the stars of Existentialism; Michel Leiris, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Lacan, among others. His long friendships with Jakobson and Merleau-Ponty are recalled as well as his encounters with the most prominent figures in American anthropology: Lowie, Boas (who suddenly died in his chair beside Levi-Strauss at a banquet at Columbia University), Benedict, Linton, Mead, and Kroeber. His straightforward answers to Eribon's penetrating questions - What is myth? What is structuralism? What is philosophy? - clarify his intellectual motives, the development of his research, and his thoughts on anthropology today" (Publisher's blurb). Levi-Strauss also speaks movingly (and ruefully) about his failures more than his achievements, which is a very rare thing indeed: He was once denied election to the College de France, the most prestigious and influential academic body in all of Europe, not just France. He dreamt of being able to pursue his two greatest professional hopes, but did not have the requisite talent for either one of them: To be an investigative reporter and a great playwright at the same time. And his most profound personal, not just intellectual, debts are to Wagner, Proust, and Rousseau. An absolute "must-have" title for Claude Levi-Strauss collectors. This title is a great collection. This is one of 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. It is, quite simply, the single most beautiful copy we have ever seen. Please note: Almost ALL other copies available online have serious flaws and are, to be fair, priced accordingly. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0226474755. $50.00

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