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This is an auction for THE PROFESSOR: A SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION, by Terry Castle.

“Cultural scholar and essayist Castle (The Literature of Lesbianism) puts her keen analytical powers and droll wit to fine use in her latest collection of autobiographical essays. Castle's seven pieces are wildly diverse in subject matter, including a rumination on controversial jazz virtuoso Art Pepper and an obituary of leftist icon Susan Sontag. Castle repeatedly peels back layers of assumptions to reveal thought-provoking, often funny and sometimes moving observations: an essay about Castle's obsessive interest in WWI becomes a thoughtful meditation on feminine courage, both horrifying and amusing; a piece about home interior magazines becomes an examination of the personal struggle for security in the post-9/11 world. Castle's fierce wit and self-deprecating style keep her text from becoming stilted, proving that "entertaining" and "high-minded" needn't be mutually exclusive.”
A *** starred *** review in Publishers Weekly (US) review:

“From one of America’s most brilliant critics and cultural commentators, Terry Castle, comes The Professor and Other Writings: a collection of startling, gorgeously-written autobiographical essays and a new, long-form piece about the devastation and beauty of early love. James Wolcott, contributing writer to Vanity Fair, calls Terry Castle a “Jedi knight of literary exploration and lesbian scholarship." This is a hilarious and heartbreaking exploration of gender, identity, and sexuality.”

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Paperback 2010.

340 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 or $6.95 for tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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