On the Death of a Friend
If we are to speak of Elliot Cohen with truth, the first thing we must say about him is that he was a man of genius.
Whoever, at any time, experienced the power of his mind, and the quality of his mind, knows that this is so. He had the direct intuition of genius. He had the unremitting passion of genius. He had the peculiar charm of genius. And he bore the heavy pain of genius.
His genius found its chief and characteristically brilliant expression in a strange and wonderful pedagogy. He taught his friends: and I have long thought of him as the greatest teacher I have ever known. If I may speak of my own particular case, I would wish to acknowledge him as the only great teacher I have ever had.
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