A late, late, late Renaissance man … a European metaphysician with an instinct for the driving ideas of our time.
—A.S. Byatt

An education in a portmanteau: George Steiner at The New Yorker collects his best work from his more than 150 pieces for the magazine

George Steiner at the New Yorker

Fiction by George Steiner

Edited by Robert Boyers

With a contribution by Robert Boyers

Between 1967 and 1997, George Steiner wrote more than 130 pieces on a great range of topics for The New Yorker, making new books, difficult ideas, and unfamiliar subjects seem compelling not only to intellectuals but to “the common reader.” He possesses a famously dazzling mind: paganism, the Dutch Renaissance, children’s games, war-time Britain, Hitler’s bunker, and chivalry attract his interest as much as Levi-Strauss, Cellini, Bernhard, Chardin, Mandelstam, Kafka, Cardinal Newman, Verdi, Gogol, Borges, Brecht, Wittgenstein, Chomsky, and art historian/spy Anthony Blunt. Steiner makes an ideal guide from the Risorgimento in Italy to the literature of the Gulag, from the history of chess to the enduring importance of George Orwell. Again and again everything Steiner looks at in his New Yorker essays is made to bristle with some genuine prospect of turning out to be freshly thrilling or surprising.

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George Steiner

Contemporary critic and essayist

A late, late, late Renaissance man … a European metaphysician with an instinct for the driving ideas of our time.
—A.S. Byatt
An intelligent, deeply felt humanism characterizes Steiner’s work: a tradition of intelligence and style lives in this prolific man.
Los Angeles Times
The polymath’s polymath. The erudition is almost as extraordinary as the prose: dense, knowing, allusive. In Steiner’s work the suggestion of total cultural mastery, from the pre-Socratics to the postmodern, is inescapable.
The New York Times Book Review
Steiner’s brilliance is revealed in every one of these essays, showcasing his vast topical knowledge alongside his deft ability to pin down the significance of history’s most important people, events and ideas.
Publishers Weekly