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Paglia, Camille. SEX, ART, AND AMERICAN CULTURE. New York City, NY: Vintage Books, 1992. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 337 pages. Fine.

The author's debut collection of essays. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. An elegant production by Vintage Books: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Text by Camille Paglia. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Camille Paglia's "Sex, Art, And American Culture". An impressive, tour-de-force performance. Twenty-one provocative essays from one of the most rebellious, iconoclastic yet thoughtful writers on the contemporary American cultural scene. Camille Paglia's "lone-voice-in-the-wilderness" crusade against the prevailing culture of political correctness in America is laudable even if her pugnaciousness (some would say obnoxiousness) puts off many people, rightly so, because it's deliberate on Paglia's part to set herself apart from other commentators and rise above the noise. Her criticism of mainstream American feminism cannot be ignored for the simple reason that she is mostly right about the pieties and hypocrisies that have become entrenched in a movement that was once as dynamic as the Civil Rights Movement. Her central insight is that although we are a product of Judaeo-Christian "Puritan" civilization, our Graeco-Roman "pagan" past remains very much alive albeit deeply repressed. This helps explain the vitality of both popular culture and the cutting-edge, anti-establishment underground. An absolute "must-have" title for Camille Paglia collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine 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 rare copy thus. One of the most important and influential American intellectual voices of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CAMILLE PAGLIA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679741011. $20.00

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