My unwritten books

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New Directions Books, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 209 pages
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By one of the world's foremost literary critics, George Steiner'sMy Unwritten Booksmeditates upon seven books he had long had in mind to write, but never did. Massively erudite, the essays are also brave, unflinching, and wholly personal. In this fiercely original and audacious work, George Steiner tells of seven books which he did not write. Because intimacies and indiscretions were too threatening. Because the topic brought too much pain. Because its emotional or intellectual challenge proved beyond his capacities. The actual themes range widely and defy conventional taboos: the torment of the gifted when they live among-when they confront-the very great; the experience of sex in different languages; a love for animals greater than for human beings; the costly privilege of exile; a theology of emptiness. Yet a unifying perception underlies this diversity. The best we have or can produce is only the tip of the iceberg. Behind every good book, as in a lit shadow, lies the book which remained unwritten, the one that would have failed better.

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Writer, philosopher, and literary critic Steiner (poetry, Harvard Univ.; Bluebeard's Castle) presents seven stories he has always wanted to write but never did, either because the subject matter was ... Read full review

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George Steiner's books have served many a learner over the years. His "After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation" and "In Bluebeard's Castle: Some Notes Toward the Redefinition of Culture" have attained the status of classics.

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