Gillian Rose (1947-1995) was a professor at the University of Warwick in England, where she taught modern European philosophy, social and political thought, and theology. Her books include Nihilism, The Broken Middle, Judaism and Modernity, and Hegel. Michael Wood is the Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. His works include books on Stendhal, Garcia Marquez, Nabokov, Kafka, and films. Additionally, he is a widely published essayist with articles on film and literature in Harpers, London Review of Books, New York Review of Books, New York Times Book Review, New Republic and others.
Rose manages to provide a life-affirming riposte to all manner of mortal dread and confounding questions from the precipice. There are times when you lack the superlatives for truly great pieces of work, although you also find such a difficulty in classifying work as this grand, life-affirming tome, that you can expect to return to it incessantly throughout your life. Books & That