Book review: The Double Life of Paul De Man, by Evelyn Barish

De Man? Paul de Man? Like the retired Pontius Pilate when asked about Jesus Christ in Anatole France’s story “The Procurator of Judaea,” many readers today would answer, “I cannot call him to mind.” But in his heyday, from the late 1960s through the early ’80s, de Man was — with the possible exception of his Yale colleague Harold Bloom — this country’s dominant figure in literary studies.

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    Well, at least she's read one "great book." Yale is nervous ... was uncovered four years after de Man died in 1983, he was widely eulogized in academia, and the new biography, "The Double Life of Paul de Man," by Evelyn Barish, is embarrassing to the ...
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    in Tennyson’s apt and lovely words, that “men may rise on stepping-stones/ Of their dead selves to higher things.” Dirda reviews books for Book World every Thursday. THE DOUBLE LIFE OF PAUL DE MAN By Evelyn Barish Liveright. 534 pp. $35
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    But the Belgian-born professor was, it turns out, a fraud, a small-time crook, an Ivy League con man in tweed and, before all this, a Nazi collaborationist. Evelyn Barish's "The Double Life of Paul de Man" is ... counterfeit, her book disappointed me.
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    Reviews of The Double Life of Paul de Man by Evelyn Barish ’56 have recently appeared in both The New York Times and The New York Review of Books. From The New York Times: “The Double Life of Paul de Man,” by Evelyn Barish, to be released officially ...
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    Think of Leonardo Di Caprio in “Catch Me if You Can,” or of Thomas Mann’s comic con man Felix Krull. How do they fool so many people for so long? A similar question underlies the story told by Evelyn Barish in “The Double Life of Paul de Man.”
    03/7/2014 - 9:11 am | View Link
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