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Susan

Steven,
Words convey so little when hearts feel so much. I wish there was a deeper way to express my sympathy at this time of sorrow. Cherish your memories, for they will never leave you.
As Ever,
Susan

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Condolences.

chris

A moving tribute to your teacher. I feel some envy; I wish I could have studied with him.

Dhiaa Al-Asadi

Intellectuals of this kind are rare, especially when they have the courage to swim against the current, or to express in such outspoken a manner the truth as they see it. Professor Said is a prophet lost by his people.

Daniel O,Connell

I believe I was Edward Said's first PhD student at Columbia; I received the degree in l971. I know he was responsible for my first full time teaching position, in the Columbia College English Dept. He was an inspiration to me and my generation of students. I will miss him both as a friend, and as the kind of public intellectual we can ill afford to lose. I saw him last two years ago, when he came to lecture at my home institution, in upstate New York. When I asked him about his health he replied, in a characteristic gesture, "try to avoid leukemia, if you can." Farewell, Edward.

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