Moral Imagination: From Edmund Burke to Lionel Trilling

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One of America's most distinguished intellectual historians explores the minds and lives of some of the most brilliant and provocative thinkers of modern times: Edmund Burke and John Stuart Mill, Benjamin Disraeli and Winston Churchill, Jane Austen and George Eliot, Charles Dickens and John Buchan, Walter Bagehot and the Knox brothers, Michael Oakeshott and Lionel Trilling. In their distinctive ways, Ms. Himmelfarb argues, they exemplify what Burke two centuries ago and Trilling most recently have called the ...

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Overview

One of America's most distinguished intellectual historians explores the minds and lives of some of the most brilliant and provocative thinkers of modern times: Edmund Burke and John Stuart Mill, Benjamin Disraeli and Winston Churchill, Jane Austen and George Eliot, Charles Dickens and John Buchan, Walter Bagehot and the Knox brothers, Michael Oakeshott and Lionel Trilling. In their distinctive ways, Ms. Himmelfarb argues, they exemplify what Burke two centuries ago and Trilling most recently have called the moral imagination.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
The Moral Imagination...reads like a conspectus of Himmelfarb's long career.
Steve Goddard's History Wire
She reaches to tease out a commonality from writers as diverse as Jane Austen, Winston Churchill and John Stuart Mill.
Andrew Roberts
Partly intellectual appreciations, partly elegiac essays, partly passionate love-letters to the dead, The Moral Imagination reminds us why Gertrude Himmelfarb is our foremost historian of morality.
First Things - Joseph Bottum
Gertrude Himmelfarb [is] our finest living historian of the nineteenth century.
The Washington Times - Arnold Beichman
[Himmelfarb's] beautifully written essays...indicate the superb quality of her own mode of thought.
Christianity Today - John Wilson
Gertrude Himmelfarb displays her usual lucidity and good sense.... You'll not be bored in the company of this penetrating intelligence.
The Weekly Standard - David Gelernter
A complex, challenging book by one of the world's smartest and deepest scholars at the top of her game....
Providence Journal - Sam Coale
A joy to read.... These thoughtful, perceptive, and calm essays are oases of reflection and concern....
American Magazine - Peter Heinegg
The writing is crisp and judicious...the overall picture is rich. Himmelfarb is still going strong.
Commentary - Micahel J. Lewis
...delves into the...lives of her subjects not out of prurient interest but with a humane eye and abundant sympathy.
Booklist - Ray Olson
Enlightening, infectiously enthusiastic.
Claremont Review Of Books - Eva Brann
A very engaging collection of a dozen essays.... They are full of interesting circumstance and thought-inducing reflection.... Gertrude Himmelfarb actually savors books as works.
The New Criterion - Roger Kimball
Himmelfarb has a signal talent for bringing the figures and issues she discusses to life.
Indianapolis Star - Danny Lee
Well worth the read for anyone interested in history, politics, philosophy or literature.
Christianity Today - John Wilson
Gertrude Himmelfarb displays her usual lucidity and good sense.... You'll not be bored in the company of this penetrating intelligence.
Washington Times
Beautifully written...a manual for modern statesmanship.
Weekly Standard
A complex, challenging book by one of the world's smartest and deepest scholars at the top of her game...
Providence Journal
A joy to read...These thoughtful, perceptive, and calm essays are oases of reflection and concern....
Times Literary Supplement
The Moral Imagination...reads like a conspectus of Himmelfarb's long career.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566637220
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,438,448
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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