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Edward W. Said
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Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem, raised in Jerusalem and Cairo, and educated in the United States, where he attended Princeton (B.A. 1957) and Harvard (M.A. 1960; Ph.D. 1964). In 1963, he began teaching at Columbia University, where he was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature.

He is the author of twenty-two books which have been translated into 35 languages, including Beginnings: Intention and Method (1975); Orientalism (1978); The Question of Palestine (1979); Covering Islam (1980); The World, the Text, and the Critic (1983); After the Last Sky (1986); Musical Elaborations (1991); Culture and Imperialism (1993); Representations of the Intellectual: The Reith Lectures (1994); Peace and Its Discontents: Essays on Palestine and the Middle East Peace Process (1996); Entre Guerre et Paix (1997); and Out of Place: A Memoir (1999). In addition, he edited Henry James’s Complete Stories 1884-1891 (1999) for the Library of America. Besides his academic work, he wrote a twice-monthly column for Al-Hayat and Al-Ahram; was a regular contributor to newspapers in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; and was the music critic for The Nation.

He lectured at universities in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia; was a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, John Hopkins, and Toronto; and delivered the inaugural set of Empson Lectures at Cambridge University, as well as a series of lectures at the Collège de France at the invitation of Professor Pierre Bourdieu. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Royal Society of Literature, and the American Philosophical Society, he was a member of the PEN Executive Board until 1998, and President of the Modern Language Association for 1999. He was awarded numerous prizes and honors, including 20 honorary doctorates from the University of Chicago, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Haverford College, Bir Zeit University, the University of Michigan, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Warwick, the University of Exeter, the National University of Ireland, University of Paris 7—Denis Diderot, Institute of Social Science (the Hague), and several others. In 1998, he received the Sultan Owais Prize for general cultural achievement, and in 1999, he became an Honorary Fellow of the Middle Eastern Studies Association and was awarded the first Spinoza Prize given in the Netherlands.

As a musician, he has collaborated with Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio for which he wrote a new English text to replace the spoken dialogue; additionally, he conducted a workshop with Mr. Barenboim and Yo-Yo Ma for young Arab and Israeli musicians in Weimar, Germany.

Professor Said received several awards for his memoir, Out of Place, including the 1999 New Yorker Book Award for Non-Fiction; the Year 2000 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction; the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award in Literature conferred by the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the 2001 Lannan Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the 2002 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord. His most recent publications include The End of the Peace Process: Oslo and After (Vintage, 2000), Reflections on Exile and Other Essays (Harvard University Press, 2001), Power, Politics and Culture (Pantheon, 2001) and Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society (Pantheon, 2002). His Freud and the Non-European was published by Verso in April (2003).

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I Saw Ramallah

Written by Mourid Barghouti
Translated by Ahdaf Soueif
Introduction by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $15.00

Barred from his homeland after 1967’s Six-Day War, the poet Mourid Barghouti spent thirty years in exile—shuttling among the world’s cities, yet secure in none of them; separated from his family for years at a time; never certain whether he was a visitor, a refugee, a citizen, or a guest. As... Read more >
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I Saw Ramallah

Written by Mourid Barghouti
Introduction by Edward W. Said


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $11.99

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The Cairo Trilogy
Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Introduction by Edward W. Said


Format: Hardcover, 1368 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 16, 2001
Price: $35.00



Naguib Mahfouz's magnificent epic trilogy of colonial Egypt appears here in one volume for the first time. The Nobel Prize—winning writer's masterwork is the engrossing story of a Muslim family in Cairo during Britain's occupation of Egypt in the early decades of the twentieth century.

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Covering Islam
How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 1997
Price: $16.00

From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the bombing of the world trade center, the American news media have portrayed "Islam" as a monolithic entity, synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria.  At the same time, Islamic states have used "Islam" to justify repressive and unrepresentative regimes.  In this classic work... Read more >

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Culture and Imperialism

Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 31, 1994
Price: $16.95

With Culture and Imperialism, Said offers a powerful investigation of the relationship between culture and the imperialism of the West. Probing masterpieces of the Western tradition--including Austen's Mansfield Park, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Verdi's Aida, and Camus's The Stranger--Said illuminates how the justification for empire-building in the 19th and early 20th... Read more >
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Culture and Imperialism

Written by Edward W. Said


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 24, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Edward Said Reader

Written by Edward W. Said
Edited by Moustafa Bayoumi and Andrew Rubin


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $17.00

Edward Said, the renowned literary and cultural critic and passionately engaged intellectual, is one of our era's most formidable, provocative, and important thinkers. For more than three decades his books, which include Culture and Imperialism, Peace and Its Discontents, and the seminal study Orientalism, have influenced not only our worldview but... Read more >
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The Edward Said Reader

Written by Edward W. Said
Edited by Moustafa Bayoumi and Andrew Rubin


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

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The End of the Peace Process
Oslo and After
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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The End of the Peace Process
Oslo and After
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $15.00

"You don't have to agree with Said to admire him...His voice...is deep, rich and courageous in what is often a scripted and dishonest international dispute."—The New York Times Book Review

Soon after the Oslo accords were signed in September 1993 by Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Edward Said predicted that... Read more >
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From Oslo to Iraq and the Road Map
Essays
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $14.95

In his final book, completed just before his death, Edward W. Said offers impassioned pleas for the beleaguered Palestinian cause from one of its most eloquent spokesmen. These essays, which originally appeared in Cairo’s Al-Ahram Weekly, London’s Al-Hayat, and the London Review of Books, take us from the Oslo Accords through... Read more >
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From Oslo to Iraq and the Road Map
Essays
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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On Late Style
Music and Literature Against the Grain
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $15.95

On Late Style is a book that came out of a very popular graduate seminar called "Last Works/Late Style" that Said taught only once at Columbia in the fall of 1995. It was a subject that had increasing resonance for him, particularly after his diagnosis of leukemia in September 1991. Michael... Read more >
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On Late Style
Music and Literature Against the Grain
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $13.99

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Orientalism

Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1979
Price: $16.95

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Updated with a new Afterword in 1994. In this acclaimed and now-classic work, Said examines the way in which the West has discovered, invented, and sought to control the East. Orientalism is a subtle and far-reaching critique of the attitudes that the West has traditionally assumed... Read more >
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Orientalism

Written by Edward W. Said


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 1, 2014
Price: $12.99

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Out of Place
A Memoir
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $16.00

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-fiction

This is the story of Said’s early years and the experiences that influenced his ideas and actions. Central to his perspective is his “unsettled sense of many identities.” A fatal medical diagnosis in 1991 convinced Edward Said that he should leave a record of... Read more >
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Out of Place
A Memoir
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 24, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Parallels and Paradoxes
Explorations in Music and Society
Written by Edward W. Said and Daniel Barenboim


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $16.00

These free-wheeling, often exhilarating dialogues—which grew out of the acclaimed Carnegie Hall Talks—are an exchange between two of the most prominent figures in contemporary culture: Daniel Barenboim, internationally renowned conductor and pianist, and Edward W. Said, eminent literary critic and impassioned commentator on the Middle East. Barenboim is an Argentinian-Israeli and... Read more >
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Parallels and Paradoxes
Explorations in Music and Society
Written by Edward W. Said and Daniel Barenboim


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $13.99

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Peace And Its Discontents
Essays on Palestine in the Middle East Peace Process
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 24, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Peace And Its Discontents
Essays on Palestine in the Middle East Peace Process
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 1996
Price: $15.95

In this probing and impassioned collection of essays, Edward Said explains why the much-vaunted peace process between Israel and the Palestinian people has yet to produce peace--and is unlikely to as presently constituted.  Whether Said is addressing the fatal flaws in the PLO's bargain, denouncing fundamentalists on both sides of the religious... Read more >
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The Politics of Dispossession
The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination, 1969-1994
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 24, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Politics of Dispossession
The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination, 1969-1994
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 1995
Price: $21.00

In this collection of thirty-nine essays--which have appeared over the past twenty-five years in a wide range of publications--Said explores the issues behind the Palestinian struggle for statehood.  He provides a detailed context for understanding the recent autonomy agreement between the P.L.O. and Israel; critically assesses of United States policy toward the... Read more >
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Power, Politics, and Culture

Written by Edward W. Said


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

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