Isaiah Berlin: A Life
Isaiah Berlin refused to write an autobiography, but he agreed to talk about himself - and so for 10 years, before's Berlin's death in November 1997, he allowed Michael Ignatieff to interview him about his past, his ideas, his most intimate memories, and his inner conflicts.
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Spender ' s political acumen and sexual candour drew them together . As
Spender was to put it in his memoir of the 1930s , World Within World , ' Isaiah
had an interest in other people ' s lives which was strengthened by the conviction
that he ...
He found Spender ' s personal imbroglios comic and absurd , his poetry and
plays sentimental and ' larmoyant ' ; and he couldn ' t understand why Stephen
briefly joined the communist party in 1936 . But he respected the deep appetite
for life ...
17 Spender , World Within World , 71 – 2 ; M . P . Steinberg , The Meaning of the
Salzburg Festival ( Ithaca , NY , 1990 ) , 29 , 37 , 219 , 324 . 18 MI / IV Spender , 9
. 89 . 19 Spender to IB , 19 . 5 . 35 ; see also IB , The Na´vetÚ of Verdi ' , in AC ...
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ISAIAH BERLIN: A LifeUser Review - Kirkus
A polished life of the century's preeminent liberal (in the classic sense) philosopher. Just as Berlin's critics complained he never wrote a single-volume magnum opus but only essays, Berlin's friends ... Read full review
Isaiah Berlin: a lifeUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Ignatieff (The Warrior's Honor, LJ 1/98) met and conferred with Berlin periodically over a ten-year period until Berlin's death at the age of 88 in 1997. He also spent hours talking to Berlin's wife ... Read full review