Overview

This enthusiastically received collection contains Isaiah Berlin's appreciation of seventeen people of unusual distinction in the intellectual or political world - sometimes in both. The names of many of them are familiar - Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Chaim Weizmann, Albert Einstein, L. B. Namier, J. L. Austin, Maurice Bowra. With the exception of Roosevelt he met them all, and he knew many of them well.



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Personal Impressions

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Overview

This enthusiastically received collection contains Isaiah Berlin's appreciation of seventeen people of unusual distinction in the intellectual or political world - sometimes in both. The names of many of them are familiar - Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Chaim Weizmann, Albert Einstein, L. B. Namier, J. L. Austin, Maurice Bowra. With the exception of Roosevelt he met them all, and he knew many of them well.



For this new edition four new portraits have been added, including recollections of Virginia Woolf and Edmund Wilson. The volume ends with a vivid and moving account of Berlin's meetings in Russia with Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova in 1945 and 1956.

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Editorial Reviews

Donald R. Stanski
Only the title is bland. The contents of this fourth and final volume of Isaiah Berlin's ''Selected Writings'' bear the distinctive stamp of one of the great thinkers and writers of our age. The general reader, unfamiliar with his work, or put off by the formidable subject matter of the earlier volumes will find Personal Impressions altogether welcoming and rewarding.
New York Times
New York Times Book Review
Welcoming and rewarding. . . . [Berlin] is at his most conversational. This splendid book bring[s] the past to life.
— Peter Stansky
New York Times Book Review - Peter Stansky
Welcoming and rewarding. . . . [Berlin] is at his most conversational. This splendid book bring[s] the past to life.
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"Welcoming and rewarding. . . . [Berlin] is at his most conversational. This splendid book bring[s] the past to life."—Peter Stansky, New York Times Book Review

"[Berlin's] writing has all the élan of conversation. [His] sense of humor . . . Preserves a frank delight in human contradiction."—V. S. Pritchett, New York Review of Books

"Contains many amusing and revealing anecdotes."—Dan Jacobson, Times Literary Supplement

"An amazingly enjoyable book."—Christopher Hitchens, New Statesman

"Marvellously good reading."—Alan Ryan, Sunday Times (London)

"A thrilling and agreeable work. . . . [W]armly commended."—Peter Jay, Washington Post Book World

"An enthralling collection. . . . It is hard to think of any other writer who is so penetrating, so amusing, and yet so entirely free of malice."—Anthony Storr, Spectator

"Marvellous. . . . It is one of Berlin's most endearing characteristics that he can admire so many utterly diverse people, that he can tell us about them all, and see the point of them."—Mary Warnock, Listener

"Provides an invigorating spectacle of the liberal mind at its most assured and unobstructed, glorying in the variety of human character and achievement."—Anthony Quinton, Encounter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781448155477
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,348,177
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sir Isaiah Berlin, O.M., was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1909. He came to England in 1919 and was educated at St Paul's School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. At Oxford, he was a a Fellow of All Souls College (1932-8, 1950-67), a Fellow of New College (1938-50), Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory (1957-67), first President of Wolfson College (1966-75), and President of the British Academy from 1974 to 1978. His achievements as a historian and expositor of ideas earned him the Erasmus, Lippincott, and Agnelli Prizes, and his lifelong defence of civil liberties earned him the Jerusalem Prize. He died in 1997.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations viii
Author's preface to the first edition ix
Editor's preface xi
Introduction by Noel Annan xv
Winston Churchill in 1940 1
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 24
Chaim Weizmann 34
Einstein and Israel 66
Yitzhak Sadeh 78
L. B. Namier 91
Felix Frankfurter at Oxford 112
Richard Pares 120
Hubert Henderson at All Souls 125
J. L. Austin and the Early Beginnings of Oxford Philosophy 130
John Petrov Plamenatz 146
Maurice Bowra 154
David Cecil 160
Memories of Virginia Woolf 168
Edmund Wilson at Oxford 172
Auberon Herbert 183
Aldous Huxley I89
Meetings with Russian Writers in 1945 and 1956 198
Epilogue: The Three Strands in My Life 255
Index 261
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