I Await the Devil's Coming

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I Await the Devil's Coming

By Mary Maclane; Jessa Crispin (Introduction by)

Melville House Publishing, Paperback, 9781612191942, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 19, 2013

Mary MacLane's "I Await the Devil's Coming" is a shocking, brave and intellectually challenging diary of a 19-year-old girl living in Butte, Montana in 1902. Written in potent, raw prose that propelled the author to celebrity upon publication, the book has become almost completely forgotten.
In the early 20th century, MacLane's name was synonymous with sexuality; she is widely hailed as being one of the earliest American feminist authors, and critics at the time praised her work for its daringly open and confessional style. In its first month of publication, the book sold 100,000 copies -- a remarkable number for a debut author, and one that illustrates MacLane's broad appeal.
Now, with a new foreward written by critic Jessa Crispin, "I Await The Devil's Coming" stands poised to renew its reputation as one of America's earliest and most powerful accounts of feminist thought and creativity.

About the Author
I am Mary MacLane: of no importance to the wide bright world and dearly and damnably important to Me. Face to face I look at Me with some hatred, with despair and with great intentness.

Jessa Crispin is the editor and founder of Bookslut.com and Spoliamag.com. She has written for "The New York Times", "The Guardian", "The Washington Post", "Boston Review", "The Los Angeles Review of Books", "Architect Magazine", "The Globe and Mail", and other publications. Her first book, "The Dead Ladies Project: Exile, Expats and Ex-Countries" is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. She has lived in Ireland, Chicago, Texas, Kansas, and Germany. She currently lives nowhere in particular.

Praise For I Await the Devil's Coming

“MacLane deserves canonization alongside Virginia Woolf and Emily Dickinson and Gertrude Stein.” —Emily Gould, author of And The Heart Says Whatever and Friendship

"One of the most fascinatingly self-involved personalities of the 20th century."  The Age (2011)

"Mary MacLane comes off the page quivering with life. Moving."  The London Times

"The first of the self-expressionists, and also the first of the Flappers."  The Chicagoan

"Her first book was the first of the confessional diaries ever written in this country, and it was a sensation."  The New York Times

“I know of no other writer who can play upon words so magically. Mary MacLane is one of the few who actually knows how to write English. She senses the infinite resilience, the drunken exuber- ance, the magnificent power & delicacy of the language.” —H.L. Mencken 

“A girl wonder.” —Harper’s Magazine 

“A pioneering newswoman and later a silent-screen star, consid- ered the veritable spirit of the iconoclastic Twenties.” —Boston Globe 

“She was an extraordinarily gifted girl. . . She had a natural gift for crisp and concise expression, a keen, undisciplined intelligence and the emotional sensibility of a true artist.” —New York Tribune 

“A pioneering feminist. . . A sensation.” —Feminist Bookstore News