Enlightening : letters, 1946-1960 / Isaiah Berlin ; edited by Henry Hardy and Jennifer Holmes with the assistance of Serena Moore.

Other titles
  • Correspondence. Selections
  • London : Pimlico 2011
Physical description
xxvii, 844 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 25 cm
  • 9781844138340
  • 1844138348


  • "'People are my landscape, ' Isaiah Berlin liked to say, and nowhere is the truth of this observation more evident than in his letters. This second volume of Berlin's letters takes up the story when, after war service in the U.S., he returns to life as an Oxford don. Against the background of post-war austerity, the letters chart years of academic frustration and self-doubt, the intellectual explosion when he moves from philosophy to the history of ideas, his growing national fame as broadcaster and lecturer, the publication of some of his best-known works, his election to a professorship, and his reaction to knighthood. Berlin's visits to American universities, where he sees McCarthyism at work, and his journeys eastward - to Europe, Palestine (and later Israel), and the Soviet Union - inspire acute and often very funny portraits. These are the years, too, of momentous developments in his private life: the bachelor don's loss of sexual innocence, the emotional turmoil of his father's death, his courtship of a married woman, and his transformation into husband and stepfather."--Publisher's description.

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University of Bristol Libraries: Arts & Social Sciences Library B1618.B454 BER 7 day loan: vacation loan
University of Cambridge Libraries: University Library: Order to West Room, access from within the Main Reading Room, First Floor, (order to Rare Books Reading Room if pre-1850), not borrowable 2011.9.2502
University of Exeter Library: Forum Library 192 BER
National Library of Scotland: General Reading Room, Edinburgh (stored offsite) PB8.211.499/9
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University of Oxford Libraries: Bodleian Library M11.E09656
University of Oxford Libraries: Corpus Christi College Library 190 Berl.O7/Ha
University of Oxford Libraries: Christ Church Library: Library of Congress sequence B 1618.B454 HAR 2009
University of Oxford Libraries: Magdalen College Library: Longwall Library 192 BERL (LET)
University of Oxford Libraries: Oriel College Library 932 BER/2004 (v.2)
University of Oxford Libraries: Oxford Union Society Library: Old Library 192 BER
Trinity College Dublin Library: Ussher Library PL-542-523
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