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George Steiner : A Reader - George Steiner

George Steiner

A Reader

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Published: 28th May 1987
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As an incisive and provocative critic of literature, language, and culture, George Steiner has acquired an international reputation and a devoted following. "He scatters bright ideas everywhere," writes The New York Times Book Review, "and they are sure to be picked up." This volume presents a rich sampling of Steiner's ideas, including selections from his seminal books The Death of Tragedy, After Babel, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky, and Language and Science. Aside from pointing to work that lies ahead, this anthology offers a rich retrospective of the intellectual ground Steiner has already covered. Whether discussing Marxist literary theory, the significance of Tolstoy, or the problems of treating sexual material in literature, Steiner's writings give us the pleasure of watching an astute and nimble mind constantly at work.

"[Steiner] is a remarkably powerful writer, as essays like 'The Hollow Miracle' and 'Postscript'...attest....[Here] he offers passionate, dexterous, erudite arguments."--The Christian Science Monitor "George Steiner is arguably the most influential cultural mediator writing in English today. Through his essays he has exposed readers...to the latest news from the intellectual and literary fronts of Europe, in a style that is at once lucid and eloquent."--World Literature Today "A plenteous feast--various and served up with intelligence and style...An intelligent, deeply felt humanism characterizes Steiner's work; a tradition of intelligence and style lives in this prolific man."--Los Angeles Times "Steiner is a phenomenon. Reading him over the years, and now in portable form, I'm struck with the energy and, at is best, the relentless concentration of his thought."--Edward W. Said, The Nation "No one now writing on literature can match [Steiner] as polymath and polyglot, and few can equal the verve and eloquence of his writing....[He] has commented with fine perceptiveness on a dizzying range of literary texts and cultural issues."--Robert Alter, The Washington Post Book World "Steiner's style is by turns richly allusive, metaphoric, intensely concerned, prophetic, apocalyptic--and almost always captivating."--The National Review "[Steiner is] in a class above most critics."--The Hudson Review

Introductionp. 7
The Critical Act
To Civilize our Gentlemen (1965; from Language and Silence)p. 25
Marxism and the Literary Critic (1958; from Language and Silence)p. 37
Georg Lukacs and His Devil's Pact (1960; from Language and Silence)p. 54
'Critic'/'Reader' (1979; from New Literary History)p. 67
Readings
Nineteenth-Century America and Russia (1959; from Tolstoy or Dostoevsky)p. 101
Homer and Tolstoy (1959; from Tolstoy or Dostoevsky)p. 109
Tolstoy's Immanence in the World (1959; from Tolstoy or Dostoevsky)p. 118
The Final Comparison (1959; from Tolstoy or Dostoevsky)p. 132
Racine (1961; from The Death of Tragedy)p. 136
Verse in Tragedy (1961; from The Death of Tragedy)p. 154
Tragedy and Myth (1961; from The Death of Tragedy)p. 159
Epilogue (1961; from The Death of Tragedy)p. 165
Obsessions
A Death of Kings (1968; from Extraterritorial)p. 171
The Cleric of Treason (1980; from the New Yorker, 8 December)p. 178
Matters German
The Hollow Miracle (1959; from Language and Silence)p. 207
A Kind of Survivor (1965; from Language and Silence)p. 220
Schoenberg's 'Moses und Aron' (1965; from Language and Silence)p. 234
Postscript (1966; from Language and Silence)p. 246
Heidegger's Silence (1980; from Martin Heidegger)p. 258
Lieber's Lament (1979; from The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H.)p. 266
The Defence of A.H. (1979; from The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H.)p. 272
Language and Culture
The Retreat from the Word (1961; from Language and Silence)p. 283
Night Words (1965; from Language and Silence)p. 305
Eros and Idiom (1975; from On Difficulty)p. 314
The Distribution of Discourse (1978; from On Difficulty)p. 345
Speech as Translation (1975; from After Babel)p. 369
Privacies of Speech (1975; from After Babel)p. 385
Creative Falsehood (1975; from After Babel)p. 398
Theme and Variations (1975; from After Babel)p. 410
English Tomorrow (1975; from After Babel)p. 420
Future Literacies (1971; from In Bluebeard's Castle)p. 423
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ISBN: 9780195050684
ISBN-10: 0195050681
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 28th May 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 14.17  x 2.82
Weight (kg): 0.5