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Malcolm, Janet

Works: 96 works in 506 publications in 9 languages and 17,894 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Essays  Trial and arbitral proceedings  True crime stories  Illustrated works  Trials, litigation, etc  Pictorial works  Ballets (Music) 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Photographer, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3566.L27, B
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Two lives : Gertrude and Alice by Janet Malcolm( )

33 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 3,200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an investigation of the lives and works of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
The silent woman : Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes by Janet Malcolm( Book )

62 editions published between 1993 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,793 WorldCat member 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."--BOOK JACKET. "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."--BOOK JACKET. "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."--BOOK JACKET
Iphigenia in Forest Hills : anatomy of a murder trial by Janet Malcolm( )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 1,666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Malcolm's riveting new book tells the story of a murder trial in the insular Bukharan-Jewish community of Forest Hills, Queens, that captured national attention
The journalist and the murderer by Janet Malcolm( Book )

43 editions published between 1989 and 2020 in 4 languages and held by 1,541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Psychoanalysis, the impossible profession by Janet Malcolm( Book )

64 editions published between 1977 and 2020 in 4 languages and held by 1,373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An informal introduction to psychoanalysis and the work psychoanalysts do
Reading Chekhov : a critical journey by Janet Malcolm( Book )

31 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 1,320 WorldCat member 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 )

47 editions published between 1983 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,193 WorldCat member 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 )

24 editions published between 1979 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,111 WorldCat member 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 )

20 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 791 WorldCat member 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 )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 617 WorldCat member 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
Nobody's looking at you : essays by Janet Malcolm( Book )

11 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A collection of previously published essays and profiles by the legendary critic Janet Malcolm. The title piece of this wonderfully eclectic collection is a profile of the fashion designer Eileen Fisher, whose mother often said to her, "Nobody's looking at you." But in every piece in this volume, Malcolm looks closely and with impunity at a broad range of subjects, from Donald Trump's TV nemesis Rachel Maddow, to the stiletto-heel-wearing pianist Yuju Wang, to "the big-league game" of Supreme Court confirmation hearings. In an essay called "Socks," the Pevears are seen as the "sort of asteroid [that] has hit the safe world of Russian Literature in English translation," and in "Dreams and Anna Karenina," the focus is Tolstoy, "one of literature's greatest masters of manipulative techniques." Nobody's Looking at You also includes "Pandora's Click," a brief, cautionary piece about e-mail etiquette that was written in the early two thousands, and that reverberates--albeit painfully--to this day."--provided by publisher
The purloined clinic : selected writings by Janet Malcolm( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From one of our most elegantly controversial writers, here is a retrospective of essays, reviews, and profiles that reflects the range and depth of her engagement with psychoanalysis, criticism, art, and literature. Janet Malcolm is perhaps best known for her writings on psychoanalysis, and here, in several essays, she addresses the subject with her usual erudition and lively skepticism, examining aspects of that "absurdist collaboration," the psychoanalytic dialogue, from which come "small, stray self-recognitions that no other human relationship yields, brought forward under conditions . . . that no other human relationship could survive." In a selection of book reviews, Malcolm takes up such subjects as Tom Wolfe's vendetta against modern architecture, Milan Kundera's literary experiments, Vaclav Havel's prison letters, the art of autobiography, and a Victorian literary scandal. In the title essay, she expresses her conviction that the best criticism is "an exercise in excess and provocation," a process of "disfiguring the work of art almost beyond recognition" that allows us to see it in a radically new way. In the final section, Malcolm gives us three extended portraits. She observes from behind "The One-Way Mirror" the work of Salvador Minuchin, pioneer and leading exponent of the inherently unorthodox practice of family therapy; she follows a former Czech dissident through the somewhat deflated world of post-revolutionary Prague; and in "A Girl of the Zeitgeist," she brilliantly evokes the New York art world with her profile of a quintessential art insider, the engagingly grave Ingrid Sischy. Each piece in this collection displays the incisive quizzicality and dazzling epigrammatic style that are the hallmarks of the writer whom Harold Bloom (speaking of Malcolm's In the Freud Archives) has called "the calmly rational Alice in this Wonderland."
Burdock by Janet Malcolm( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member 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
Fragen an einen Psychoanalytiker zur Situation e. unmögl. Berufs by Janet Malcolm( Book )

4 editions published between 1983 and 1992 in German and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tempête aux Archives Freud by Janet Malcolm( Book )

3 editions published in 1986 in French and held by 45 WorldCat member 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?
Die schweigende Frau : die Biographien der Sylvia Plath by Janet Malcolm( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in German and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tschechow lesen eine literarische Reise by Janet Malcolm( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in German and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overstepping by Eve Beglarian( Recording )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The journalist and the murderer by Janet Malcolm( )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member 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
Vater, lieber Vater ... aus d. Sigmund-Freud-Archiv by Janet Malcolm( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The silent woman : Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes
The silent woman : Sylvia Plath & Ted HughesIphigenia in Forest Hills : anatomy of a murder trialThe journalist and the murdererPsychoanalysis, the impossible professionReading Chekhov : a critical journeyIn the Freud ArchivesDiana & Nikon : essays on the aesthetic of photographyThe crime of Sheila McGough
Alternative Names
Janet Malcolm Amerikaans journaliste

Janet Malcolm giornalista statunitense

Janet Malcolm jornalista norte-americana

Janet Malcolm journaliste américaine

Janet Malcolm periodista estadounidense

Janet Malcolm periodista estatunidenca

Janet Malcolm periodista estauxunidense

Janet Malcolm US-amerikanische Journalistin und Schriftstellerin

Janet Malcolmová americká novinářka původem z Prahy

מלקולם, ג'נט

جانيت مالكوم صحفية أمريكية

جنت مالکوم ژورنالیست آمریکایی

맬컴, 재닛 1934-

자넷, 말콤 1934-

マルカム, ジャネット