Edward Said was born in 1935 in Palestine and moved to the U.S. in 1951. A Princeton and Harvard alum, he became a literature professor at Columbia University. In addition to writing about fiction, Said published many books on the Western cultural bias evident in the rhetoric surrounding the Middle East, most notably 1978's Orientalism. Said strongly supported an independent Palestinian state. He died on in 2003 in New York City at the age of 67.
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