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Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius Paperback – 5 Sept. 1991

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Monk's energetic enterprise is remarkable for the interweaving of the philosophical and the emotional aspects of Wittgenstein's life, Sunday Times

Ray Monk's reconnection of Wittengenstein's philosophy with his life triumphantly carries out the Wittengensteinian task of "changing the aspect" of Wittgenstein's work, getting us to see it in a new way, Sunday Telegraph

This biography transforms Wittengenstein into a human being, Independent on Sunday

It is much to be recommended, Observer

Monk's biography is deeply intelligent, generous to the ordinary reader... It is a beautiful portrait of a beautiful life, Guardian

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In this biography of Wittgenstein, the author interleaves the philosophical and emotional aspects of his subject's life.

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