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The journalist and the murderer

Author: Janet Malcolm
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a work of journalism as well as an essay on journalism. In two previous books, Janet Malcolm explored the hidden sides of, respectively, institutional psychoanalysis and Freudian biography. In this book, she examines the psychopathology of journalism. Using a strange and unprecedented lawsuit as her larger-than-life example--the lawsuit of Jeffrey MacDonald, a convicted murderer, against Joe McGinniss, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Malcolm, Janet.
Journalist and the murderer.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990
(OCoLC)555750167
Online version:
Malcolm, Janet.
Journalist and the murderer.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990
(OCoLC)607807192
Named Person: Joe McGinniss; Jeffrey R MacDonald; Joe McGinniss; Jeffrey R MacDonald; Joe McGinniss
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Malcolm
ISBN: 0394583124 9780394583129
OCLC Number: 20930849
Notes: Originally published in two parts in The New Yorker.
Description: 161 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Janet Malcolm.
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This is a work of journalism as well as an essay on journalism. In two previous books, Janet Malcolm explored the hidden sides of, respectively, institutional psychoanalysis and Freudian biography. In this book, she examines the psychopathology of journalism. Using a strange and unprecedented lawsuit as her larger-than-life example--the lawsuit of Jeffrey MacDonald, a convicted murderer, against Joe McGinniss, the author of Fatal Vision, a book about the crime--she delves into the always uneasy, sometimes tragic relationship that exists between journalist and subject. In Malcolm's view, neither journalist nor subject can avoid the moral impasse that is built into the journalistic situation.--From publisher description.

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