Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers - Janet Malcolm and Ian Frazier

These witty, expressive essays track a decades-long quest to capture the essence of painters, writers, critics, and artists of all description. In Forty-One False Starts (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27), acclaimed academic and writer Janet Malcolm investigates the subtle interactions among life, art, influence, and the art of biography itself. Reflective and informed, each piece muses on the role of the critic, the subjectivity of history and taste, and considers how these evolve over time. Malcolm tackles Edward Weston’s nudes, Edith Wharton’s fiction, Thomas Struth’s photography, Salinger’s prose, and many other artists and their work. In his introduction, Ian Frazier describes his New Yorker colleague’s writing as the “highest level of literature”; and, indeed, the essays are beautifully composed and reminiscent of fiction in their construction, their lyricism, and the thought-provoking weave of the tales.

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By Janet Malcolm, Ian Frazier (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780374534585
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 13th, 2014