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  • This lucid and riveting new biography at once rescues Kierkegaard from the scholars and makes it abundantly clear why he is such an intriguing and useful figure

    Adam Phillips, Observer
  • She wonderfully conveys how, pelican-like, Kierkegaard tore his philosophy from his own breast

    Jane O'Grady, Telegraph
  • Philosopher of the Heart enacts Kierkegaard's audacity and verve in thinking and writing, his "new way of doing philosophy", in a thrillingly inward and intimate style

    Boyd Tonkin, Arts Desk
  • One of the best biographies of modern masters by a new generation

    Daniel Johnson, Standpoint
  • Superb... the sort of biography Kierkegaard himself might have written, thematic in structure rather than chronological, lucid in its narrative but not exhaustive in detail. ... Carlisle's book has its own beauty, reminding us that Kierkegaard sympathized with our own troubles, our own desires to live decent lives

    David Mason, The Hudson Review

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