Francis George Steiner (1929. - 2020.) is a French-born American literary critic, essayist, philosopher, and novelist.
Steiner went to the University of Chicago, where he studied literature as well as mathematics and physics. This was followed by an MA degree from Harvard University in 1950. He then attended Balliol College at the University of Oxford in England on a Rhodes Scholarship. Steiner was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Geneva (1974 – 1994), Professor of Comparative Literature and Fellow at the University of Oxford (1994 – 1995) and Professor of Poetry at Harvard University (2001 – 2002). He has written extensively about the relationship between language, literature and society, and the impact of the Holocaust. George Steiner has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French Government, Fellowship of the British Academy and he has an Honorary Doctorate from many universities.
Some of his most acclaimed workd are The Death of Tragedy (1961), In Bluebeard's Castle: Some Notes Towards the Redefinition of Culture (1971), Errata: An Examined Life (1997), Lessons of the Masters (2003), My Unwritten Books (2008), The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism to Celan (2011).
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