AT HOME WITH THE MARQUIS DE SA DE: A Life
B y Francine du Plessix Gray.Simon & Schuster. 491 pp. $27.50
works of art, particularly music. In Berlin’s case, an English reasonableness allowed a rich, emotional interiority to flower.
Ignatieff adds little to the evaluation of Berlin’s philosophical achievement set forth in John Gray’s fine intellectual biography, Isaiah Berlin (1995), but he provides the human context and drama behind the writing of Berlin’s brilliant discourses on the making, meaning, and makers of ideas—and counterideas—that have shaped the modern world since the Enlightenment. We are given an...