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Malcolm, Janet. THE CRIME OF SHEILA MCGOUGH. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 161 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's account on subject and the legal justice system in general. One of Janet Malcolm's finest (and most underrated) achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. 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 that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Janet Malcolm's "The Crime of Sheila McGough". A brilliant brief on human behavior and misbehavior. As she plunges deeper into the legal labyrinth, her quest for the truth and nothing but the truth leads her to some superb insights about that other form of imaginative advocacy, writing. "Why don't more people write like Malcolm? She is cast from the mold of the Eastern European intellectual: Beholden to Modernism, as familiar with Kundera's exile as she is with Freud's Vienna. This sensibility must grant her the detachment she sometimes so mercilessly employs, but it also gives her an unassailable passion for getting to the center of things" (The Boston Globe). "Without the thinner of common sense, the law is a toxic substance" (Janet Malcolm). An absolute "must-have" title for Janet Malcolm collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. 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 pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online are subsequent printings (even if the dealers don't say so) or have serious flaws. A scarce copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JANET MALCOLM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375405089. $50.00

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