George Steiner's books have served many a learner over the years. His After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation and In Bluebeard's Castle: Some Notes Toward the Redefinition of Culture have attained the status of classics.
Introduction 1. Lasting Origins 2. Rain of Fire 3. Magnificus 4. Maitres a Penser 5. On Native Ground 6. Unaging Intellect Afterword Index