Leon Wieseltier

United States, 1952

Leon Wieseltier is one of America’s leading public intellectuals, a distinguished critic and prolific writer. After his studies at Harvard and Oxford, he quickly became the principal literary editor for The New Republic. After more than thirty years at this influential journal, he left in 2014 in protest of managerial changes. Wieseltier, whose moving diary Kaddish (1998) phenomenally addresses the eternal themes of loss and faith, freedom and predestination and the significance of traditions, is a devoted Jew. He wrote Against Identity (1996) and translated Yehuda Amichai’s poetry for The New Yorker. He regularly publishes articles on a wide variety of social issues, with a sharp eye for the central problems of our time, setting the standard for serious cultural discussion.