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This is an auction for IN THE FREUD ARCHIVES by Janet Malcolm.

This is a wonderful book.
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"“FIVE STARS!! Malcolm's masterly study of the uproar over Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson's fight with the trustees of the Freud Archives has been out of print for years, despite the famous controversy (and multiple libel suits) the book itself occasioned upon its publication. Like all of Janet Malcolm's later work, it centres around fierce intellectual debates concerning the ownership and representation of ideas, and the enormous cruelties academics and writers are willing to wage upon one another in the name of "truth". Also, like all her subsequent work, IN THE FREUD ARCHIVES centres upon the inherent problems of bias in narrative, and how aggrieved individuals often betray themselves when they most want to win an audience's confidence. Although Masson sued Malcolm (ultimately unsuccessfully) for his portrayal in this study, he might even be thankful that she has immortalized him as a fantastic and mercurial character.”

"FIVE STARS!! Wow. Generally I don't bother to review titles that have already been lauded or panned, but I enjoyed this recently beyond all measure. Originally a series of articles in the New Yorker, I came upon it in book form, after being disappointed in a book I read by Masson, one of the protagonists in this morality tale. Jeffrey ends up being eviscerated by his own words as this small fable of misplaced trust and ego unfolds. Malcolm is the sly and small narrator that undoes him by lending an ear, and in the meantime the Freud legacy is both exposed and intelligently defended. What makes this book 5 stars are the insights of Malcolm herself that occasionally highlight the factual action. The fact that this is journalism that provides wisdom is what brings it up to literatures doorstep. Brilliant."

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Paperback 1997.

170 pages.

Good condition.

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