Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography.
First Edition of Edward W. Said’s first book. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1966. 8°. XIV, 219 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. Unusually excellent condition. Also the dustjacket in excellent, near Fine condition. This is the original, first edition.
Part One – Conrad’s Letters – 1. The Claim of Individuality / 2. Character and the Knitting Machine, 1866-1912 / 3. The Claims of Fiction, 1896-1912 / 4. Worlds at War, 1912-1918 / 5. The New Order, 1918-1924 / Part Two – Conrad’s Shorter Fiction – 6. The Past and the Present / 7. The Craft of the Present / 8. Truth, Idea and Image / 9. The Shadow Line / Chronology, 1889-1924 / Letter to R.B.Cunninghame Graham, February 8, 1899 / Selected Bibliography, Notes, Index //
Edward Wadie Saïd (1 November 1935 – 25 September 2003) was a Palestinian-American literary theoretician, University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and a public intellectual who was a founding figure of the critical field of post-colonialism. He was born a Palestinian Arab in the Jerusalem of the British Mandate of Palestine (1920–48); he was an American through his Palestinian Christian Arab father, Wadie Saïd, who was a U.S. citizen. As such, Saïd was an advocate for the political and human rights of the Palestinian people, whom the commentator Robert Fisk described as their most powerful voice.
As an an influential cultural critic, academic, and writer, Edward Saïd was known best for the book Orientalism (1978), a critical analysis of the ideas that are the bases of Orientalism — the Western study of Eastern cultures. He proposed and contended that Orientalist scholarship was, and remains, inextricably tied to the imperialist societies that produced it, making much of the work inherently political, servile to power, and therefore intellectually suspect. Orientalism is based upon his intimate knowledge of colonial literature, such as the fiction of Joseph Conrad, and the post-structuralist theories of Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and other such philosophers; thus, Orientalism, and other thematically related works, proved analytically influential in the fields of the humanities, especially literary theory and literary criticism. Moreover, Orientalism proved especially influential upon Middle Eastern studies, wherein it transformed the academic discourse of the field’s practitioners, of how they examine, describe, and define the cultures of the Middle East. As an intellectual, Edward Saïd vigorously discussed and debated the cultural subjects comprised by Orientalism, especially as applied in the fields of history and area studies; nonetheless, some mainstream academics disagreed with Saïd’s thesis in Orientalism, especially Bernard Lewis, a British–American Orientalist.
As a public intellectual, he discussed contemporary politics, music, culture, and literature, in lectures, newspaper and magazine articles, and books. Drawing from his family experiences as a Palestinian Christian in the Middle East, at the time of the establishment of Israel (1948), Saïd argued for the establishment of a Palestinian state, equal political and human rights for the Palestinians in Israel — including the right of return — and for increased U.S. political pressure upon Israel to recognize, grant, and respect said rights; he also criticized the political and cultural politics of Arab and Muslim régimes. He received a Western education in the U.S., where he resided from adolescence until his death in 2003; as such, in his memoirs, Out of Place (1999), Saïd applied his dual cultural heritage to narrow the gap of political and cultural understanding between The West and the Middle East, to improve Western understanding of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. His decade-long membership in the Palestinian National Council, and his pro–Palestinian political activism, made him a controversial public intellectual.
In 1999, with his friend Daniel Barenboim, Saïd co-founded the award-winning West–Eastern Divan Orchestra, based in Seville, which is composed of children from Israel, the Palestinian territories, and surrounding Arab nations; personally, Edward Saïd was an accomplished pianist. In 2002, he and Barenboim published Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society, a book of their conversations about music. Intellectually active until the last months of his life, Edward Saïd died of leukemia in 2003. (Wikipedia)