Edward said, the renowned literary and cultural critic and passionately engaged intellectual, was one of our era's most provocative and important thinkers. For more than three decades, his books influenced not only our world view but the very terms of public discourse. The selected works includes key sections from all of Said's books, from his ground-breaking Orientalism; to his memoir, out of place, to the last of his posthumously published books, on late style. Whether he writes of Zionism or Palestinian self-determination, Jane Austen or Yeats or of music or the media, Said's uncompromising intelligence casts urgent light on every subject he undertakes. The selected works is a joy for the general reader and an indispensable resource for scholars in the many fields that his work has influenced and transformed.