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Edward Said Papers

Columbia University

Edward W. Said was an academic, literary critic, musician, and political activist for the Palestinian cause in the United States. Said was born in Jerusalem in 1935, and was raised in Jerusalem and in Cairo. Said came to the United States in 1951, attending the Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. He went on to attend both Princeton (B.A. 1957) and Harvard (M.A. 1960; Ph.D. 1964). In 1963, Said began teaching at Columbia University, where he was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Said was the author of many books, including Orientalism (1978); The Question of Palestine (1979); Covering Islam (1980); The World, the Text, and the Critic (1983); Culture and Imperialism (1993); Peace and Its Discontents: Essays on Palestine and the Middle East Peace Process(1996); and Out of Place: A Memoir(1999). Outside of his academic work, Said wrote a regular column for Al-Hayat and Al-Ahram, and was a contributor to newspapers in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Said was also the music critic for The Nation for many years, and co-authored the book Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society(2002) with Daniel Barenboim. Said died in 2003 in New York City.

The Edward Said Papers include appointment books, audiovisual materials, clippings, correspondence, course materials, drafts, journals, notes, research materials, reviews, printed materials and publications.


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