Janet Malcolm

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Davis, Gwen. “Ignore That Woman behind the Curtain: The Trials of Janet & Jeffrey.” Nation 259, no. 18 (28 November 1994): 643-46.

Follows the final hearing and verdict of the Masson v. Malcolm libel suit, providing background information on the genesis of the case.

Fields, Howard. “Supreme Court Action in Masson-Malcolm Action.” Publishers Weekly 238, no. 29 (5 July 1991): 13.

Provides information on the Supreme Court's ruling that Masson v. Malcolm could be sent to a jury trial.


Arana-Ward, Marie. “Desperately Seeking Sylvia.” Washington Post Book World 24, no. 13 (27 March 1994): 18.

Compliments Malcolm's interviewing techniques and details she uncovers about the alleged ulterior motives of the biographers of Sylvia Plath.

Churchwell, Sarah. “Ted Hughes and the Corpus of Sylvia Plath.” Criticism 40, no. 1 (winter 1998): 99-132.

Draws comparisons between the struggle for control in Plath's life and the subsequent fight for control of her works after her death.

Conrad, Peter. “Living through the Lens.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 4050 (14 November 1980): 1275-76.

Provides an overview of Diana & Nikon.

Fels, Anna. “The Flash of the Knife.” Nation 258, no. 19 (16 May 1994): 670-73.

Examines Ted Hughes's position with respect to events surrounding Sylvia Plath's suicide and asserts that biases exist in Malcolm's The Silent Woman.

Fields, Beverly. “Questions and Quotation Marks.” Chicago Tribune Books (10 April 1994): 9.

Finds Malcolm sympathetic to Anne Stevenson's views regarding Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath in The Silent Woman.

Heffernan, Michael. Review of In the Freud Archives, by Janet Malcolm. New Statesman 108, no. 2803 (7 December 1984): 33.

Provides a brief overview of Jeffrey Masson's rise and fall in the psychoanalytical establishment as outlined in Malcolm's In the Freud Archives.

Johnson, Greg. “Writing Lives.” Georgia Review 43, no. 4 (winter 1993): 790-94.

Presents a favorable opinion of The Silent Woman, commenting on the irony that biographies of writers are often read by more people than the works of the biography's subject.

Lieberman, E. James. “Psyching Out the Analysts.” Washington Post Book World 11, no. 41 (11 October 1981): 8.

Reviews Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession and explores the degrees of detachment and impersonality that psychoanalysts maintain in an effort to aid their patients' self-discovery.

Navasky, Victor. “When Journalist Bites Journalist.” Washington Post Book World 20, no. 10 (11 March 1990): 3-4.

Negative assessment of The Journalist and the Murderer.

Quinton, Anthony. “Seduction and Betrayal.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 4277 (22 March 1985): 325.

Provides a positive review of In the Freud Archives.

Rose, Jaqueline. “‘This Is Not a Biography’: Jaqueline Rose Writes about Her Conflict with the Estate of Sylvia Plath.” London Review of Books 24, no. 16 (22 August 2002): 12-15.

Rose defends her biography of Sylvia Plath and stands behind her findings in light of Malcolm's The Silent Woman.

Saari, Jon. Review of The Silent Woman, by Janet Malcolm. Antioch Review 52, no. 4 (fall 1994): 655-56.

Positive assessment of Malcolm's skills as an interviewer and writer in The Silent Woman.

Sadoff, Dianne F. Review of Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession, by Janet Malcolm. Antioch Review 40, no. 2 (spring 1982): 242-43.

Contends that Malcolm's insight into psychoanalysis as a treatment and as a profession is invaluable.

Sage, Lorna. “Surviving in the Wrong.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 4779 (4 November 1994): 3-4.

Investigates Malcolm's handling of the five biographies of Sylvia Plath and the interviewing techniques Malcolm employs in her search to discover objective, true fact during the writing of The Silent Woman.

Storr, Anthony. “Psychology and Its Discontents.” Washington Post Book World 14, no. 22 (27 May 1984): 6, 10.

Analyzes the two perspectives presented in In the Freud Archives and questions the validity of Jeffrey Masson's and Peter Swales's attempts at discrediting Sigmund Freud.

Additional coverage of Malcolm's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 123; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 89; Literature Resource Center; and Nonfiction Classics for Students, Vol. 1.

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