Berlin was one of the 20th century’s greatest liberal thinkers—and one of its frankest, most eloquent and prolific letter-writers. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth on 6th June, Prospect will be featuring a special online review of his letters by David Herman. The extracts below are taken from the second volume of Berlin’s correspondence, Enlightening: Letters 1946-1960, edited by Henry Hardy and Jennifer Holmes (Chatto & Windus, £35), published on 4th June.
18th July 1949
To Arthur Schlesinger, written while crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Elizabeth. Peace, tranquillity, & on board, apart from the usual clever…
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