Janet Malcolm | Critical Review by Sebastian Smee

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Janet Malcolm.
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Critical Review by Sebastian Smee

SOURCE: Smee, Sebastian. “Stopping Short of Omniscience.” Spectator 291, no. 9105 (8 February 2003): 29-30.

In the following review, Smee examines Reading Chekhov and discusses Malcolm's analytic look at realism within Chekhov's works.

Although Janet Malcolm has written in depth about an extraordinary range of subjects, from psychoanalysis and photography through to literary criticism, the art world, journalism, biography and the law, in thematic terms she has actually been one of the most consistent non-fiction writers of our time. Certainly, she is one of the most brilliant. I never feel such a keen sense of anticipation—the kind of adrenalised mental anticipation that feels almost luxurious to indulge—as when I start out on a new piece of writing by Malcolm.

For some, her thematic doggedness has been a problem: launching into a book about Sylvia Plath and...

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