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Essam Fattouh - https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4864-7332


Tim Brennan’s recent biography of Edward Said entitled Places of Mind: A life of Edward Said (2022) is a tribute to a critic, musician, activist and humanist of world caliber whose life and work continue to inspire millions of readers. This review takes a look at Brennan’s scholarly methodology in mapping Said’s life and work, but also highlights the various domains in which Said the intellectual excelled. The review further calls attention to the intersection between literature and politics, between criticism and classical music, between philosophy and innovative literary theories in Said’s legacy; a legacy so rich it continues to present material for new in-depth biographical expositions; a legacy that continues to resonate.


Edward Said; Criticism; Postcolonialism; Tim Brennan; Biography

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