On Late Style: Music and Literature Against the Grain

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Music - 208 pages
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In this fascinating book, Edward Said looks at the creative contradictions that often mark the late works of literary and musical artists. Said shows how the approaching death of an artist can make its way into his work, examining essays, poems, novels, films, and operas by such artists as Beethoven, Genet, Mozart, Lampedusa, Euripides, Cavafy, and Mann, among others. He uncovers the conflicts and complexity that often distinguish artistic lateness, resulting in works that stood in direct contrast to what was popular at the time and were forerunners of what was to come in each artist's discipline–works of true genius. Eloquent and impassioned, brilliantly reasoned and revelatory, On Late Style is Edward Said's own great last work.

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Edward Said, perhaps best known for "Orientalism," one of the most-recognized and important contributions to post-colonial studies, wrote the essays in "On Late Style" shortly before his death. The ... Read full review

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It’s good that Edward Said got far enough with the writing of this book to allow it to be published posthumously. It’s sad, though, that he was not able to finish it himself. The editors spliced ... Read full review


one Timeliness and Lateness
Two Return to the Eighteenth Century
THREE Cosi fan tutte at the Limits
FIVE A Lingering Old Order
six The Virtuoso as Intellectual II 5

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Edward W. Said was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He was the author of more than twenty books, including Orientalism, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Culture and Imperialism; Representations of the Intellectual; The End of the Peace Process; Power, Politics, and Culture; and Out of Place: A Memoir. His books have been published in thirty-six languages. He died in 2003.

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