The Silent Woman : Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes (Paperback)

Author: Malcolm, Janet

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679751403
SKU 30118705
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0679751408
Release Date 2/1/1995
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Janet Malcolm
Malcolm has long been associated with The New Yorker, where her first assignments in the '70s were unsigned columns on photography. She wrote two lengthy articles on psychoanalysis, which were published in book form as PSYCHOANALYSIS: The Impossible Profession and INSIDE THE FREUD ARCHIVES. The latter covered the rise and fall of Jeffrey Masson, the former projects director of the Sigmund Freud Archives. Masson was so upset by Malcolm's unflattering portrayal that he sued, claiming that she had misquoted him. Masson v. New Yorker Magazine, Inc. et. al. went all the way to the Supreme Court, with the majority deciding in favor of Masson. The decision is frequently cited in law and journalism courses. The relationship between truth and the telling of truth runs through many of her books, including THE JOURNALIST AND THE MURDERER--which is about Jeffrey MacDonald's lawsuit against FATAL VISION author Joe McGinniss--THE SILENT WOMAN, about Sylvia Plath, and THE CRIME OF SHEILA McGOUGH, her reportage of a naive trial lawyer's downfall. Malcolm's essays on photography were published as DIANA & NIKON and her collected prose was published as THE PURLOINED CLINIC. In the tradition of the New Journalists of the '70s, Malcolm figures prominently in many of her pieces, which address her search for the truth behind her subjects.
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"Malcolm compares the biographer to a 'professional burglar, breaking into a house, rifling through certain drawers that he has good reason to think contain the jewelry and money, and triumphantly bearing his loot away.'"
"Rich and theatrical...'The Silent Woman' raises indispensable, uncomfortable issues that journalists and biographers should be brave enough to face."
"A splendid piece of analytical work...'The Silent Woman' seems to search for truth at the very least to champion a scrupulous regard for the tender intimacies of the living and the dead."
"Malcolm is among the most intellectually provocative of authors. A genuine iconoclast, [she is] able to turn epiphanies of perception into explosions of insight."
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Annotation Malcolm uses Sylvia Plath to examine the formerly unchallenged conventions of the biography as a literary form. Excerpts originally appeared in "The New Yorker." New afterword by the author.
Editors Note From the moment it was first published in The New Yorker, this brilliant work of literary criticism aroused great attention. Janet Malcolm brings her shrewd intelligence to bear on the legend of Sylvia Plath and the wildly productive industry of Plath biographies. Features a new Afterword by Malcolm. "Rich and theatrical."--The New York Times Book Review.
Editors Note 2 Examines the afterlife of the troubled poet, looking at how her estranged husband, Ted Hughes, struggled to share Plath's work, yet maintain his own privacy. Reprint.
Editors Note 3 From the moment it was first published in The New Yorker, this brilliant work of literary criticism aroused great attention. Janet Malcolm brings her shrewd intelligence to bear on the legend of Sylvia Plath and the wildly productive industry of Plath biographies. Features a new Afterword by Malcolm.
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Number of Pages 0224
Publisher Vintage Books

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