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In Search of Isaiah Berlin: A Literary Adventure

In Search of Isaiah Berlin: A Literary Adventure
Henry Hardy

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Isaiah Berlin was one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century - a man who set ideas on fire. His defence of liberty and plurality was passionate and persuasive and inspired a generation. His ideas - especially his reasoned rejection of excessive certainty and political despotism - have become even more prescient and vital today.

But who was the man behind such influential philosophies? In Search of Isaiah Berlin tells the compelling story of a decades-long collaboration between Berlin and his editor, Henry Hardy, who made it his vocation to bring Berlin's huge body of work into print. Hardy discovered that Berlin had written far more than people thought, much of it unpublished. As he describes his struggles with Berlin, who was almost on principle unwilling to have his work published, an intimate and revealing picture of the self-deprecating philosopher emerges. This is a unique portrait of a man who illuminated a new way of thinking about the world, yet whose own life has for so long remained in the shadows.

Author Info

Dr Henry Hardy is an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College and Isaiah Berlin's editor and literary trustee. He became Berlin's editor in the mid-1970s (while a graduate student at the College). Previously an editor at OUP, Hardy has been working full-time on Berlin since 1990 and has now edited or co-edited 18 of his books, as well as a four-volume edition of his letters - the last volume of which (Affirming: Letters 1975-1997, co-edited with Mark Pottle and Nicholas Hall) was published in September 2015 by Chatto.


“An extraordinary book, In Search of Isaiah Berlin tells the story of a twenty-five year collaboration between Isaiah Berlin and his editor, Henry Hardy, told via previously unpublished letters that are as delightful as they are revealing of Berlin’s personality and ideas.”

-- Michael Ignatieff, author of Isaiah Berlin: A Life

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781788312448
Publication Date: 30 Jan 2019
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 226
Width: 155
Illustrations: 32 colour illustrations in a 16-page plates section

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