George Steiner


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Francis George Steiner (born April 23, 1929), is an influential European-born American literary critic, essayist, philosopher, novelist, translator, and educator. He has written extensively about the relationship between language, literature and society, and the impact of the Holocaust. An article in The Guardian described Steiner as a "polyglot and polymath", saying that he is ... more »

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  • ''I owe everything to a system that made me learn by heart till I wept. As a result I have thousands of lines of poetry by heart. I owe everything to this.''
    George Steiner (b. 1929), French-born U.S. critic, novelist. Guardian (London, March 26, 1992).
  • ''Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent.''
    George Steiner (b. 1929), French-born U.S. critic, novelist. "A Kind of Survivor," Language and Silence (1967).
  • ''There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness.''
    George Steiner (b. 1929), French-born U.S. critic, novelist. Daily Telegraph (London, May 23, 1989).
  • ''To many men ... the miasma of peace seems more suffocating than the bracing air of war.''
    George Steiner (b. 1929), French-born U.S. critic, novelist. Bronowski Memorial Lecture. "Has Truth a Future?" (1978).
  • It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past.... Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and active mythology of its past or ...
    George Steiner (b. 1929), French-born U.S. critic, novelist. In Bluebeard's Castle, ch. 1 (1971).
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