Forty-One False Starts | Granta

  • Published: 07/08/2014
  • ISBN: 9781847088567
  • 129x20mm
  • 320 pages

Forty-One False Starts

Janet Malcolm

Selected essays from America’s foremost literary journalist and essayist, featuring ruminations on writers and artists as diverse as Edith Wharton, Diane Arbus and the Bloomsbury Group. This charismatic and penetrating collection includes Malcolm’s now iconic essay about the painter David Salle.

Malcolm re-emerges here as a perceptive, fascinated, acerbic commentator on art and photography... Superbly sceptical and clear-eyed

Jerome Boyd Maunsell, Books of the Year, Evening Standard

A world of bohemian sophistication is illuminated by an exacting intelligence which never lets you get too comfortable... A timeless masterpiece

Max Liu, Books of the Year, Independent

Her writing is a cool daylit room in which even broken things are perfectly arranged for contemplation

Rachel Polonsky, Books of the Year, Evening Standard

The Author

Janet Malcolm‘s books include Reading Chekhov, In the Freud Archives, The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes and Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession. Born in Prague, she grew up in New York, where she now lives.

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