Kele Eliot or Henry James. Sonya jumps up, looks at him and trembles. His newest, Sweet Toothlooks to split the difference with its campus setting and cloak-and-dagger set-up: Twice two is four, but twice two is five is a charming little thing too. You can follow him on Twitter at kshartnett.

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He had an elder sister, Ruth Lilian, who was born in Vienna in He believed that Jews were "endangered guests wherever they went" [7] and equipped his children with languages. Steiner grew up with three mother tongues : German, English, and French; his mother was multilingual and would often "begin a sentence in one language and end it in another". Instead of allowing him to become left-handed, she insisted he use his right hand as an able-bodied person would. This was followed by an MA degree from Harvard University in She had also studied at Harvard, and they met in London at the suggestion of their former professors.

He last lived in Cambridge , England. He also held a Fulbright professorship in Innsbruck , Austria, from to In , he was appointed Gauss Lecturer at Princeton, where he lectured for another two years. He then became a founding fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge in Steiner was initially not well received at Cambridge by the English faculty.

Bryan Cheyette, professor of 20th-century literature at the University of Southampton said that at the time, "Britain [ He wrote for The New Yorker for over thirty years, contributing over two hundred reviews.

He advocated generalisation over specialisation, and insisted that the notion of being literate must encompass knowledge of both arts and sciences. As Steiner stated, "My virginity offended Alfie his college room-mate. He found it ostentatious and vaguely corrupt in a nineteen-year-old He sniffed the fear in me with disdain. And marched me off to Cicero, Illinois , a town justly ill famed but, by virtue of its name, reassuring to me. There he organized, with casual authority, an initiation as thorough as it was gentle.

It is this unlikely gentleness, the caring under circumstances so outwardly crass, that blesses me still. But ask me the same thing if a Jamaican family moved next door with six children and they play reggae and rock music all day. Or if an estate agent comes to my house and tells me that because a Jamaican family has moved next door the value of my property has fallen through the floor.

Ask me then! He published original essays and books that address the anomalies of contemporary Western culture , issues of language and its "debasement" in the post- Holocaust age. The Death of Tragedy originated as his doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford and examined literature from the ancient Greeks to the midth century.

His best-known book, After Babel , was an early and influential contribution to the field of translation studies. It was adapted for television as The Tongues of Men , [21] and was the inspiration behind the creation in of the English avant-rock group News from Babel.


Tolstoy or Dostoevsky

My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a superb book. But Steiner has a bigger point to argue, namely, that these modes—epic and tragedy—are not merely aesthetic but metaphysical, ethical, and political, bearing within themselves two very different attitudes toward life. In the Homeric-Tolstoyan epic, we find a land-based evocation of natural rhythms, of the vast movements of the seasons, an ultimately hopeful sense that vitality surges on through and past the individual, who would do well to join him- or herself to the motions of the earth. In the Shakespearean-Dostoevskian tragedy, on the other hand, we see a deracinated court-and-city world of mistrust, suspicion, demonic urges, weird passions, perverse convictions, pervasive violence, cruel comedy, an underground perspective that ends in chastened humility before the suffering mystery of things. For Dostoevsky, on the other hand, free will in the face of the divine and of evil is paramount, is the essence of the holy in humanity; though the far less secular and far more reactionary of the two, Dostoevsky therefore has the metaphysical outlook more amenable to a free society. Eliot or Henry James.


Tolstoy or Dostoevsky? 8 Experts on Who’s Greater

As it turned out, I was not the first to consider the provocation. From my point of view at least, they are both great writers and now live in a realm beyond competition. DiMaggio and Bird vs. So with that, enjoy eight very knowledgeable, passionate takes on two of the great storytellers of all time. Carol Apollonio , Professor of the Practice of Russian, Duke University The question shot straight into my brain and disabled the parietal cortex. There was a sizzle and a puff of smoke, and the smell of sulfur filled the air.


Tolstoy or Dostoevsky: An Essay in the Old Criticism



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