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Malcolm, Janet

Works: 71 works in 422 publications in 11 languages and 15,674 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biographies  Trials, litigation, etc  Essays  Pictorial works  Musical settings 
Roles: Author, Photographer
Classifications: PS3566.L27, B
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Publications about Janet Malcolm
Publications by Janet Malcolm
Most widely held works by Janet Malcolm
The silent woman : Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes by Janet Malcolm( Book )
51 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,746 libraries worldwide
"Janet Malcolm has produced a brilliant, elegantly reasoned meditation on the art of biography, in which she takes as her example the various biographies of the poet Sylvia Plath." "The Silent Woman is an astonishing feat of criticism and literary detection. It is not a book about the life of Sylvia Plath, but about her afterlife: how her reputation was forged from the poems she wrote just before her suicide; how her estranged husband, the poet Ted Hughes, as executor of her estate, tried to serve two masters - Plath's art and his own need for privacy; and how it fell to his sister, Olwyn Hughes, as literary agent for the estate, to protect him by limiting access to Plath's work. The Silent Woman, in the end, embodies a paradox: even as Malcolm brings her skepticism to bear on the claims of biography to present the truth about a life, a portrait of Sylvia Plath emerges that gives us a sense of "knowing" this tragic poet in a way we have never known her before." "The result is a provocative work that will dispel forever the innocence with which most of us have approached the reading of any biography. It will be talked about for years to come."--Jacket
Two lives : Gertrude and Alice by Janet Malcolm( Book )
18 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,479 libraries worldwide
Presents an investigation of the lives and works of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
Psychoanalysis, the impossible profession by Janet Malcolm( Book )
60 editions published between 1977 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,337 libraries worldwide
"The process known as psychoanalysis is sometimes revered, sometimes derided, and most often misunderstood. What good does it do? Can it help anyone? What risks does it pose to both patient and analyst? None of these questions can be easily answered, but in Janet Malcolm's narrative, in which all her skills as a reporter and interviewer come into play, their complexity is limpidly revealed."--Back Jacket
Reading Chekhov : a critical journey by Janet Malcolm( Book )
24 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 1,262 libraries worldwide
"Writing of Chekhov's life, Malcolm demonstrates how the shadow of death that hovered over most of his literary career - he became consumptive in his twenties and died in his forties - is almost everywhere reflected in the work. She writes of his childhood, his relationship with his family, his marriage, his travels, his early success, his exile to Yalta - always with an eye to connecting them to the themes and characters of the stories and plays. Similarly, her adventures as a journalist in contemporary Russia in the company of three women guides - Nina, Sonia, and Nelly - become the fulcrum of literary insight: a misadventure at the Yalta airport, for example, leads to a novel analysis of "The Lady with the Dog.""
In the Freud Archives by Janet Malcolm( Book )
51 editions published between 1983 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 1,206 libraries worldwide
The narrative of an unlikely encounter among three men, K.R. Eissler, a psychoanalyst and scholar of psychoanalysis, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, a Sanskirt scholar turned psychoanalyst and anti-Freudian, and Peter Swales, a former assistant to the Rolling Stone and self-taught scholar
Diana & Nikon : essays on the aesthetic of photography by Janet Malcolm( Book )
23 editions published between 1979 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,109 libraries worldwide
A collection of essays that study the work of many famous photographers, including Diane Arbus, Sally Mann, E.J. Bellocq, and Andrew Bush
Forty-one false starts : essays on artists and writers by Janet Malcolm( Book )
23 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 781 libraries worldwide
In this book, the author brings together essays published over the course of several decades that reflect her preoccupation with artists and their work. Her subjects are painters, photographers, writers, and critics. The title essay, with its forty-one "false starts," depicts her serial attempts to capture the essence of the painter David Salle
The crime of Sheila McGough by Janet Malcolm( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 580 libraries worldwide
Reviews the case of Sheila McGough, a lawyer who was disbarred and imprisoned after her a jury "interpreted her zealous representation of a con-man client named Bob Bailes as collaboration in his fraud."--Jacket
The purloined clinic : selected writings by Janet Malcolm( Book )
7 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and held by 355 libraries worldwide
The Purloined Clinic is a retrospective of essays, reviews, and reports that reflect the range and depth of Janet Malcolm's engagement with psychology, criticism, art, and literature. She examines aspects of "that absurdist collaboration," the psychoanalytic dialogue, from which come "small, stray sell recognitions that no other human relationship yields, brought forward under conditions.that no other human relationship could survive." She addresses such subjects as Tom Wolfe's vendetta against modern architecture, Milan Kundera's literary experiments, and Vaclav Havel's prison letters. She explores the somewhat deflated world of post-revolutionary Prague, guides us through the labyrinthine New York art world of the eighties, and takes us behind the one-way mirror of Salvador Minuchin's school of family therapy. And to each subject she brings the incisive skepticism and dazzling epigrammatic style that are her hallmarks. "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." 'Boston Globe
Burdock by Janet Malcolm( Book )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 103 libraries worldwide
"Over the course of three summers in New England, Janet Malcolm gathered leaves of the burdock plant, a "large rank weed" with medicinal properties "that grows along roadsides and in waste places and around derelict buildings." Influenced by Richard Avedon's unsparing portraits of famous people, Malcolm is drawn to "uncelebrated leaves" on which "life has left its mark," through the ravages of time, weather, insects, or blight. In her introduction, Malcolm reminds us that writers like Chekhov and Hawthorne have used burdock "to denote ruin and desolation." And yet, for Malcolm, Burdock is an homage to the botanical illustrators who recognized "the gorgeousness of the particulars of the things that are alive in the world.""--Jacket
Die schweigende Frau : die Biographien der Sylvia Plath by Janet Malcolm( Book )
14 editions published between 1992 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 58 libraries worldwide
Separada de su marido Ted Hughes -también célebre poeta- Sylvia Plath se suicidó por celos a los 30 años: nacía una heroína del feminismo contemporáneo. A partir de entrevistas con diversas personas que la conocieron, de fragmentos de poemas, cartas, relatos y diálogos, Janet Malcolm reconstruye una trama de recuerdos, especulaciones y habladurías que se lee como una novela de suspense. La mujer en silencio -un clásico del periodismo literario- que nos revela la biografía de una Sylvia Plath radicalmente diferente a la presentada por la hagiografía feminista
Tempête aux Archives Freud by Janet Malcolm( Book )
2 editions published in 1986 in French and held by 43 libraries worldwide
L'embargo imposé par la psychanalyse sur sa propre histoire ne date pas d'hier : aux autodafés par lesquels Freud lui-même effaça les traces de sa propre évolution devait succéder ce savant dosage de collecte de documents inédits, de censure et de mise sous scellés qu'on nomme les «Archives Freud» : un trésor excitant la convoitrse des milieux psychanalytiques, comme s'il s'agissait de l'or du Rhin. Pour mener l'assaut de cette citadelle, jalousement protégée par deux vénérables cerbères, Kurt Eissler et Anna Freud, la marginalité, la séduction et l'audace devaient réussir là où le sérieux avait échoué. Ce livre est donc le récit d'une improbable et tragi-comique rencontre entre trois hommes : K. R. Eissler, brillant et vénérable psychanalyste ; Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, infatigable sanskritiste converti à la psychanalyse avant de tourner à l'anti-freudisme le plus virulent ; et Peter Swales, autodidacte espiègle et mystérieux, qui fut un temps assistant des Rolling Stones avant de s'intéresser à la vie privée de Freud. L'ascension de Masson au poste de prince héritier de Eissler, et celle de Swales à une position moins importante, certes, mais encore plus improbable peut-être, forment la matrice de la dialectique ironique de ce livre - du jeu des fantasmes et de la réalité, de la séduction et de la trahison, de l'amour et de la haine. Mais une autre ironie reste cachée à tous les protagonistes : cette « séduction infantile » répudiée par les uns, adulée par les autres, qui donc en connaÎt la théorie dont Freud fut l'inventeur ?
Nan yi tan chu de xin : jing shen fen xi de bu ke neng ren wu by Janet Malcolm( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in Chinese and held by 36 libraries worldwide
Overstepping by Eve Beglarian( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Zwei Leben, Gertrude und Alice by Janet Malcolm( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in German and held by 28 libraries worldwide
Tschechow lesen : eine literarische Reise by Janet Malcolm( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in German and held by 28 libraries worldwide
The journalist and the murderer by Janet Malcolm( file )
6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 27 libraries worldwide
Janet Malcolm delves into 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. Examining the always uneasy, sometimes tragic relationship that exists between journalist and subject, Malcolm finds that neither journalist nor subject can avoid the moral impasse that is built into the journalistic situation. This book is a work of journalism as well as an essay on journalism, it at once exemplifies and dissects its subject. In her interviews with the leading and subsidiary characters in the MacDonald-McGinniss case, Malcolm is always aware of herself as a player in a game that she cannot lose. The journalist-subject encounter has always troubled journalists, but never before has it been looked at so unflinchingly and so ruefully. Hovering over the narrative is the MacDonald murder case itself. The Journalist and the Murderer derives from and reflects many of the dominant intellectual concerns of our time, and it will have a particular appeal for those who cherish the odd, the off-center, and the unsolved
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Janet Malcolm Amerikaans journaliste
Janet Malcolm journaliste américaine
Janet Malcolm periodista estadounidense
מלקולם, ג'נט
جنت مالکوم ژورنالیست آمریکایی
맬컴, 재닛 1934-
マルカム, ジャネット
English (267)
Spanish (17)
German (14)
French (5)
Chinese (3)
Hungarian (2)
Japanese (2)
Swedish (2)
Dutch (2)
Polish (1)
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