The Professor

The Professor : A Sentimental Education

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"[Terry Castle is] the most expressive, most enlightening literary critic at large today." --Susan Sontag

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," and The Professor and Other Writings "a greatest-hits package of show-stopping monologues and offhand-genius riffs." The Professor and Other Writings is a hilarious and heartbreaking exploration of gender, identity, and sexuality in the grand tradition of such feminist luminaries as Susan Sontag, Camille Paglia, and Joan Didion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 272.15g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061670928
  • 9780061670923
  • 218,907

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Her story of woe is leavened by great humor. For all of her success in academia, Castle s writing here is the very opposite of academic: lively, confessional, personal. --Bay Area Reporter"
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From Terry Castle, the brilliant cultural commentator whom Susan Sontag called "the most expressive, most enlightening literary critic at large today," comes a long-awaited collection of captivating personal essays. The title piece at the heart of the anthology--Castle's candid, wry, and rueful retelling of her romantic involvement with a female professor during graduate school--is a pitch-perfect recollection of the fiascoes of youth. Here, also, are classic Castle short works, including "Desperately Seeking Susan," a droll and bittersweet account of her friendship with Sontag; "My Heroin Christmas," a darkly humorous examination of addiction, her family and stepsiblings, and the late, great saxophonist Art Pepper; and the picaresque "Travels with My Mother," a rollicking tour through lesbianism, art, and the difficult yet transcendent paintings of Agnes Martin.

The Professor is Terry Castle at her best: utterly distinctive, wise, frank, and fearless.
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242 ratings
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4 37% (90)
3 24% (58)
2 8% (20)
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