Edward W. Said (1935-2003) was a literary critic and the Parr Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Born in Jerusalem, Said’s Palestinian family became refugees in 1948 and moved to Egypt, where he attended British schools. During his youth he also spent time in Lebanon and Jordan before immigrating to the United States. He earned his B.A. from Princeton University in 1957 and his Ph.D. in literature from Harvard University in 1964. He spent his entire academic career as a professor at Columbia University. He died in 2003 after a long battle with leukemia.