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Trilling, Lionel. SINCERITY AND AUTHENTICITY: THE CHARLES ELIOT NORTON LECTURES 1969-1970. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1972. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 188 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of essays. One of Lionel Trilling's finest achievements. Review Copy. Review Material laid-in. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 1973 Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. There is no ISBN. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Lionel Trilling's "Sincerity And Authenticity". His landmark Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, delivered in 1969 and 1970, in their definitive, final versions. "Concerned with the process by which the arduous enterprise of sincerity, of being true to one's self, came to occupy a place of supreme importance in the moral life, and the further shift which finds that place now usurped by the darker and still more strenuous modern ideal of authenticity. Examples range over the whole of Western literature and thought, from Shakespeare to Hegel to Sartre, from Robespierre to R. D. Laing, suggesting the contradictions and ironies to which the ideals of sincerity and authenticity give rise in contemporary life" (Publisher's blurb). "A beautifully written book, its tone admirably judged and perfectly sustained. Wide, fastidious, and deeply thoughtful in its range of references. Controlled and delicately scrupulous, a tribute if ever there was one, to the honest consciousness" (Times Literary Supplement). An absolute "must-have" title for Lionel Trilling collectors. This is a Review Copy. The Review Material is laid-in. This title is a late-modern classic. As far as we know, this is the only Review Copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Should NOT be confused with copies available online of the 1973 Reissued Edition. A rare copy thus. The most important American literary critic of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LIONEL TRILLING TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0674808614. $100.00

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