The Book of Isaiah: Personal Impressions of Isaiah Berlin

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Isaiah Berlin was born a century ago. One of the most celebrated British thinkers of the twentieth century, he was a tireless champion of freedom and diversity against control and conformity. His generous, open vision of life is displayed with special immediacy in his brilliant pen-portraits of contemporaries, Personal Impressions, in which he sees the point of radically differing personalities, enters into their distinctive outlooks, and describes his encounters with them, in arrestingly idiosyncratic prose. The...
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Isaiah Berlin was born a century ago. One of the most celebrated British thinkers of the twentieth century, he was a tireless champion of freedom and diversity against control and conformity. His generous, open vision of life is displayed with special immediacy in his brilliant pen-portraits of contemporaries, Personal Impressions, in which he sees the point of radically differing personalities, enters into their distinctive outlooks, and describes his encounters with them, in arrestingly idiosyncratic prose. The Book of Isaiah turns the tables on Berlin, offering a series of personal impressions of him and his ideas by a range of people who knew him, or have been affected by his work. This multi-faceted testimony enriches and supplements Michael Ignatieff's celebrated authorised biography. The volume includes tributes written when Berlin died, essays specially commissioned from friends and from students of his work, and a previously unpublished family memoir by Berlin's father, which preserves for his son, and for posterity, the story of his Hasidic forebears, and of the many relatives murdered by the Nazis. The result is a collection indispensable both for existing enthusiasts and for those who are curious to learn about Berlin's unique, compelling appeal. HENRY HARDY is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and one of Isaiah Berlin's Literary Trustees.
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(Includes) first-rate contributions from, among others, the philosopher Bryan Magee; his biographer Michael Ignatieff; and Henry Hardy. THE DAILY TELEGRAPH An impressive cast assembles to pay (Berlin's) genius homage. THE INDEPENDENT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843838760
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/19/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xiv

Abbreviations xvi

In Search of Isaiah Berlin Evan Zimroth 1

Tributes

Noel Annan 11

Stuart Hampshire 15

Avishai Margalit 18

Bernard Williams 21

Katharine Graham 25

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr 28

James Billington 31

Robert Silvers 34

Charles Taylor 37

Isaiah In Person

Isaiah As I Knew Him Bryan Magee 40

So Much There Anthony Quinton 55

Akhmatova and Sir Anatoly Naiman 62

Run Over by Isaiah Peter Oppenheimer 82

Working for Isaiah Patricia Utechin Humphrey Carpenter 87

New York City, Autumn 1966 Samuel Guttenplan 95

Lunching with Isaiah Alan Montefiore Nick Rankin 103

A Luminous Personality Aileen Kelly 109

In the President's Office Serena Moore 114

Tea at the Athenaeum Joseph Brodsky 124

Some Musical Encounters Alfred Brendel 130

Editing Berlin, Interpreting Berlin Henry Hardy Kei Hiruta 135

One of the Giants of the Twentieth Century Beata Potanowska-Sygulska 145

The Day After G. A. Cohen 151

Fast Talker Alistair Cooke 155

Isaiah the Jew Shlomo Avineri Alan Ryan 157

All Ears Robert Wokler 169

A Philosopher's Stroll Nicholas Henderson 174

Berlin in Autumn: The Philosopher in Old Age Michael Ignatieff 176

When a Sage Dies, All Are His Kin Leon Wieseltier 186

The Last Englishman Ian Buruma 197

Berlin On Paper

The Value of the Personal Joshua Cherniss 202

A Berlinian Education George Crowder 216

The Legacy of Open Thought Steffen Gro╬▓ 223

The Fox is Still Running James Chappel 231

Isaiah Berlin on Himself Jennifer Holmes 238

The Berlin Papers in the Bodleian Library Michael Hughes 247

Elysian Schools Isaiah Berlin 260

Appendix

For the Benefit of My Son Mendel Berlin265

Family Trees 315

The Contributors 320

Index 323

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