Gertrude Himmelfarb: Role Model for Young Women

In his City Journal tribute to Gertrude Himmelfarb — who recently died at age 97 — Myron Magnet called her "our foremost historian of ideas and one of the nation's greatest historians of any stamp."  He also paid tribute to Himmelfarb as a scholar of highest distinction in an era of "wide-ranging social, political, cultural and ethical" erudition.  She is considered by many to be among the most influential intellectuals of her time — including Lionel Trilling, Daniel Bell, Roger Shattuck, Jacques Barzun, Irving Kristol, Philip Rieff, and others.  In addition to her "brilliant and eminent" career, Daniel Bell, a friend who knew them well, remarked that the Kristols' marriage was "the happiest of their generation."  Himmelfarb and her husband, Irving Kristol, were known for their "long and intense disputes," their "intellectual...(Read Full Article)
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