A Sentimental Education
By Terry Castle
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061670923, 340pp.)
Publication Date: January 2011
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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 anthologyCastle's candid, wry, and rueful retelling of her romantic involvement with a female professor during graduate schoolis 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.