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Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 1990

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Ray Monk is the author of Ludwig Wittgenstein- The Duty of Genius for which he won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Duff Cooper Award, and Bertrand Russell- The Spirit of Solitude.

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According to Monk, philosopher and reluctant Cambridge don Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was driven by spiritual as much by intellectual concerns, exchanged academia for solitude whenever possible and was drawn to brilliant younger men. ``Monk has done an excellent job of elucidating the twin journeys of an extraordinary mind and soul,'' said PW. Photos. (Nov.)

The veritable flood of writings about Wittgenstein--fiction as well as nonfiction--continues unabated, and this is a worthy addition. Monk gives a more balanced account of Wittgenstein's life and personality than does Brian McGuinness ( Wittgenstein: A Life; Young Ludwig, 1889-1921, LJ 9/15/88), insofar as he deals with Wittgenstein's homosexuality and goes into considerable detail about the three main relationships in Wittgenstein's life. Monk has done a great deal of research; what emerges is a portrait of a troubled, restless, creative mind, one destined, it seems, to be forever dissatisfied. Though not the last word on Wittgenstein's life--something on the order of a ``psychobiography'' must someday be written--this book is highly recommended.-- Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, D.C.

"Monk's energetic enterprise is remarkable for the interweaving of the philosophical and the emotional aspects of Wittgenstein's life" * Sunday Times *
"Ray Monk's reconnection of Wittengenstein's philosophy with his life triumphantly carries out the Wittengensteinian task of "changing the aspect" of Wittgenstein's work, getting us to see it in a new way" * Sunday Telegraph *
"This biography transforms Wittengenstein into a human being" * Independent on Sunday *
"It is much to be recommended" * Observer *
"Monk's biography is deeply intelligent, generous to the ordinary reader... It is a beautiful portrait of a beautiful life" * Guardian *

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