01 October 2012

Passings ~ Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012)

Historian Eric Hobsbawm has died. I never met the man, nor did I ever hear him speak. But, while I was in graduate school I read oodles of his work. That included not just his really terrific book of essays on jazz (he moonlighted as a critic) but a book he edited entitled The Invention of Tradition in which I found the seeds of what eventually turned into my dissertation. You can find an obituary here and an appreciation here at The Guardian. There is an obituary here at The New York Times. More to follow.

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