A landmark work from the intellectually auspicious author of Orientalism that explores the long-overlooked connections between the Western imperial endeavor and the culture that both reflected and reinforced it. "Said is a brilliant . . . scholar, aesthete and political activist."--Washington Post Book World.
Edward W. Said was born in 1935 in Jerusalem, raised in Jerusalem and Cairo, and educated in the United States, where he attended Princeton (B.A. 1957) and Harvard (M.A. 1960; Ph.D. 1964). In 1963, he began teaching at Columbia University, where he was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature. He died in 2003 in New York City.
He is the author of twenty-two books which have been translated into 35 languages, including
The Question of Palestine (1979);
Covering Islam (1980);
The World, the Text, and the Critic (1983);
Culture and Imperialism (1993);
Peace and Its Discontents: Essays on Palestine and the Middle East Peace Process (1996); and
Out of Place: A Memoir (1999). Besides his academic work, he wrote a twice-monthly column for
Al-Ahram; was a regular contributor to newspapers in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; and was the music critic for