I have been reading Isaiah Berlin lately. Last year I read Michael Ignatieff’s splendid biography Isaiah Berlin, A Life. Earlier this year I read the first part of Berlin’s letters: Flourishing. At the moment I am reading the second volume of his letters, Enlightening. Reading his biography and his letters, one can only get more […]
I just read Flourishing, the first part of Isaiah Berlin’s letters. The first impression that springs to mind is the banter, the spirit, the cascade of words. An example of his unique style can be found in a letter to Elizabeth Bowen, 2 January  Dear Elizabeth Thank you very much indeed for your letter: […]
For some reason Isaiah Berlin has always attracted me. I have a small collection of his works. This biography confirms my liking for this special person. I stumbled upon this book by accident. Now and then I have a look at Yann Martel’s What is Stephen Harper Reading? to see which books he lately sent […]
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This enthusiastically received collection contains Isaiah Berlin’s appreciations 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. With the exception of Roosevelt he met them all, and he knew many of them weIl.
For this new edition four new portraits have been added, including recollections of Virginia Woolf and Edmund Wilson. The longest piece, described by Alan Ryan in the Sunday Times as “simply stunning”, is a vivid and moving account of Berlin’s meetings in Russia with Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova in 1945 and 1956. The volume ends with an epilogue added after Berlin’s death: his telling account of the three strands in his personality, Russian, English and Jewish.