American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Canetti, Elias 1905-1994. Bulgarian-born writer whose works, all written in German, include a novel, The Tower of Babel (1935), and Crowds and Power (1960), a study of mass psychology. He won the 1981 Nobel Prize for literature.
- n. English writer born in Germany (1905-1994)
“At last the mortal enemy is death itself: this is a principal theme, held to with a strangely pathetic strength, in Canetti's literary works.”
“My favorite book by Canetti is “Kafka’s Other Trial” – Kafka’s Letters to Felice B. Canetti sees that writers are responsible of the preservation, revivification, and invention of the life-sustaining myths and their meaning.”
“If one is reluctant to call him great, said Canetti, that is only because nothing could be more alien to him than greatness.”
“In her essay on Elias Canetti, Sontag notes his admiration for the novelist Hermann Broch and those great patient novels 'The Death of Virgil' and 'The Sleepwalkers.”
“Antonin Artaud, Roland Barthes, Samuel Beckett, Walter Benjamin, Elias Canetti and Cioran himself were among the writers about whom Sontag wrote most enthusiastically.”
“So all the characteristics that are behind the dangers of the massing mob, all the risks of crowd psychology and group behavior -- as Elias Canetti described in the seminal "Crowds and Power" -- are at work here.”
“The epitome of this came as far back as 1981 with the award to Elias Canetti, a Ladino-speaking Bulgarian-born German writer who resided in London.”
“As it happens, Hicks was the first in what would become a long line of "difficult" men to whom Murdoch was attracted, culminating in a long affair with Elias Canetti, the future Nobel Prize-winner.”
“And of all those writers—Zweig, Musil, Schnitzler, Kafka, Hofmannsthal, Kraus, Canetti, the list goes on—the supreme elegist of the Dual Monarchy was Joseph Roth.”
“Funny; The Flight from the Enchanter is one of my least favorite Murdochs--though my reason looks a bit silly in retrospect: I had trouble believing in the manipulative, evil character at its center . . . who appears to have been based closely on Canetti.”
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