I Await the Devil's Coming

by Mary Maclane and Jessa Crispin

I Await the Devil's Coming

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2013

Lost And Found: 5 Forgotten Classics Worth Revisiting

In 1902, a moody young woman living in Montana published her diary. It sold 100,000 copies in its first month, and its 19-year-old author, Mary MacLane, become notorious. She left her small town immediately, lived hard, and died young. Her book went out of print shortly after. Recently republished, it's a small masterpiece, full of camp and swagger — aspects her reviewers miss, but her readers never do. Instead of aligning her ecstatic paranoia with Poe and Thomas Bernhard, she's been lumped

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