from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • n. English writer born in Germany (1905-1994)


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  • 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.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1981 - Presentation Speech

  • 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.

    Brave Old World

  • If one is reluctant to call him great, said Canetti, that is only because nothing could be more alien to him than greatness.

    The Genius of Robert Walser

  • 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.'

    A Very Public Intellectual

  • Antonin Artaud, Roland Barthes, Samuel Beckett, Walter Benjamin, Elias Canetti and Cioran himself were among the writers about whom Sontag wrote most enthusiastically.

    A Very Public Intellectual

  • 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.

    Adam Hanft: Murdoch's Arab Summer; We Always Knew, Now We Know

  • 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.

    A Rare Swedish Triumph

  • 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.

    The Good Apprentice

  • 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.

    Dispatches From a Lost Empire

  • 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.

    Plot and thought


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