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Trilling, Lionel (Author) & Wieseltier, Leon (Contributor/Editor). THE MORAL OBLIGATION TO BE INTELLIGENT: SELECTED ESSAYS. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 572 pages. Fine/Fine.

Massive retrospective collection of the author's body of work. One of the most valuable literary collections for our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Lionel Trilling's "The Moral Obligation To Be Intelligent: Selected Essays". A splendid, 572-page retrospective that fills a huge void as most of Trilling's books are no longer in print. Edited with an illuminating Essay Introduction by Leon Wieseltier, the former Literary Editor of The New Republic Magazine, here are some of the finest and most representative essays by one of the most important and influential American intellectuals of the 20th century. Furthermore, the Appendices, Bibliographical Notes, and Index make the book a meticulous and indispensable work of scholarship. "Distrustful of rapture and keen on reading literature as, in Wieseltier's words, 'documents for a moral history of culture', Trilling embraced complexity and nuance, and held critical integrity in the highest esteem. His essays possess great intellectual weight. Their richness, deep seriousness of thought, and sonorous vocabulary and syntax are balanced by a lashing wit and remarkable energy" (Booklist). The book restores much-needed sanity and provides genuine intellectual nourishment to our terminally impoverished literary culture. It is a healthy antidote to the deadly, theory-based, and unreadable academic papers that pass for literary criticism today. An absolute "must-have" title for Lionel Trilling collectors. This title is a great collection. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce 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 0374257949. $50.00

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