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Isaiah Berlin’s letters

The third of four volumes of Isaiah Berlin's interesting and philosophical letters

Building: Letters 1960-1975 by Isaiah Berlin (Chatto & Windus, £40)

In a 1967 letter to Arthur Schlesinger, Isaiah Berlin describes the “looks” directed towards him at a lunch in Oxford when the visiting Robert Kennedy had conveyed greetings from a mutual friend. “My colleagues…had always suspected that I moved in some social world not wholly identical with theirs.”

Many of the letters collected in this volume (the third of four) tend to confirm his colleagues’ suspicions. For example, in one short note to his wife sent from New Delhi, where he…

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