Monday, December 27, 2010

Bernard Knox

The New Republic Books and Arts
The Warrior-Humanist: Bernard M.W. Knox (1914–2010), by G.W. Bowersock , September 4, 2010 | 12:00 am

The World of Odysseus by M.I. Finley, introduction by Bernard Knox

M. I. Finley (1912-1986), the son of Nathan Finkelstein and Anna Katzellenbogen, was born in New York City. He graduated from Syracuse University at the age of fifteen and received an MA in public law from Columbia, before turning to the study of ancient history. During the Thirties Finley taught at Columbia and City College and developed an interest in the sociology of the ancient world that was shaped in part by his association with members of the Frankfurt School who were working in exile in America. In 1952, when he was teaching at Rutgers, Finley was summoned before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee and asked whether he had ever been a member of the Communist Party. He refused to answer, invoking the Fifth Amendment; by the end of the year he had been fired from the university by a unanimous vote of its trustees. Unable to find work in the US, Finley moved to England, where he taught for many years at Cambridge, helping to redirect the focus of classical education from a narrow emphasis on philology to a wider concern with culture, economics, and society. He became a British subject in 1962 and was knighted in 1979. Among Finley’s best-known works are The Ancient Economy, Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology, and The World of Odysseus.

google book the world of odysseus
A scintillating work of literary and historical sociology, this book, originally published in 1954 and last revised in 1977, is back in print….His book and E. R. Dodd’s The Greeks and the Irrational remain the smartest and most dazzling works on ancient Greece that are accessible to the layman.
The Atlantic Monthly

the first edition, paperback
Dood's book, pdf amazon google book

He [Walter Benjamin] had an American visa and hoped to join Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, who had re-established the Frankfurt School in the US.

Walter Benjamin 是个大才子。

Did Stalin's killers liquidate Walter Benjamin?




他谈藏书的文章,是Illuminations (Essays and Reflections)那本小
书里的第一篇: Unpacking My Library,里面有很多精屁。这些搞

打开我的藏书 谈谈收藏书籍
Professor of East Asian Studies, Comparative Literature
Chair, East Asian Studies