Edward Said is a man of parts. Born in Jerusalem in 1935 to Christian Arab parents, he spent his adolescent years in Cairo, and then was educated in the United States at Princeton and Harvard. A specialist in English and comparative literature and an advocate of the new textual approaches in literary studies, he has taught at Harvard, has been a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins and Yale, and has been the Christian Gauss lecturer in criticism at Princeton; at present he is Old Dominion Foundation Professor in Humanities at Columbia. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including Beginnings: Intention and Method (1975), Orientalism (1978), and The World, the Text, and the Critic (1983). He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1972-73) and the first Lionel Trilling Award at Columbia (1976).

Professor Said is also the most prominent political spokesman for the...


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