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Trilling, Lionel. THE OPPOSING SELF: NINE ESSAYS IN CRITICISM. London, England: Secker & Warburg, 1955. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 232 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second collection of essays. One of Lionel Trilling's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. 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. There is no ISBN. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Lionel Trilling's "The Opposing Self: Nine Essays In Criticism". Engaging AND engaged, as few other critics have been before or since: Collects some of his most brilliant and lastingly significant essays. "Trilling was a thinker who was proud to think 'too much'. As an intellectual, he did not spare his own kind, and though he did not consider himself a rationalist, he was grounded in the world. Demonstrates Trilling's patient, thorough style. Considering 'the problems of life' on art, literature, culture, and intellectual life was, to him, a vital occupation, even if he did not expect to get anything as simple or encouraging as 'answers'. The intellectual journey was the true goal. No matter the subject, Trilling's arguments come together easily, as if constructing complicated defenses and attacks were singularly simple for his well-honed mind. The more he wrote on a subject and the more intricate his reasoning, the more clear that subject became. His elaboration is all function and no filler. Wrestling with Trilling's challenging work yields rewards: His ideas speak to issues that transcend centuries" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Lionel Trilling collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Published in 1955, more than sixty years ago, this is the most beautiful copy we have ever seen. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. 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). $80.00

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