Search Results: "Joseph Epstein"


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ESSAYS IN BIOGRAPHY by Joseph Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Articulate, funny, informed and bitchy—guaranteed to both delight and disconcert."
The acclaimed essayist and former editor of the American Scholar presents a provocative collection of essays that illustrate the ways a writer can employ biographical detail. Read full book review >

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WIND SPRINTS by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 7, 2016

"Another subtitle might have been Healthful Snacks, for these bite-size pieces are both enjoyable to ingest and good for you."
A master of the essay form returns with a collection of brief pieces spanning nearly 20 years, 1996 to 2015. Read full book review >

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NARCISSUS LEAVES THE POOL by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 14, 1999

"Vintage Epstein, for those who don—t mind a faint bouquet of self-absorption."
The latest collection of quasi-autobiographical "familiar essays" by Epstein (Pertinent Players: Essays on the Literary Life, 1993, etc.) offers the pleasures of smart faculty-party conversation. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 6, 2007

"Anyone who quotes Bialystock instead of Derrida is our kind of guy. Who says fun has to be brainless?"
Having recently become a deliberative septuagenarian, prolific commentator Epstein (Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy's Guide, 2006, etc.) gathers another profusion of personal essays. Read full book review >

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DISTANT INTIMACY by Frederic Raphael
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2013

"High-octane lit-chat served cold, heavy on the bitters."
Personal strangers and intellectual compadres discover they have a lot to complain about. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1993 by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"A solid collection of 22 essays that, for the most part, draw us into the quietly entertaining pleasure of contemplating what makes humans tick."
``The style of the essayist is that of an extremely intelligent, highly commonsensical person talking, without stammer and with impressive coherence, to him- or herself and to anyone else who cares to eavesdrop,'' writes essayist Epstein in his introduction to this satisfying eighth volume of the annual series. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A cogent and satisfying primer on the mind of the perspicacious Gallic theorist who discerned a new form of government in America."
Essayist Epstein (Friendship, 2006, etc.) presents his take on America's most quoted, least vexing Frenchman in this latest addition to the Eminent Lives series. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1991

"Like the lady said, money is funny, and the biggest laugh may be reserved for those of us who are clownish enough to believe we can rise about it''), etc. In all: provocative after-dinner chat, with sniftered brandy and boxed cigars at hand."
The title, American Scholar editor Epstein (Partial Ideas, 1988, etc.) tells us, is taken from Paul Klee's explanation of his art: ``I take a line out for a walk''-which, Epstein adds, ``describes exactly, precisely, absolutely what I do.'' And so it does, as demonstrated by these congenial essays, which ramble and slide from one idea to another, but always attain some sort of destination, or point. Read full book review >

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WITH MY TROUSERS ROLLED by Joseph Epstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1995

"Good taste, common sense, gentle skepticism: the perfect combination for a light essayist."
Epstein's (Pertinent Players, 1993, etc.) fifth collection of familiar essays, all drawn from his quarterly column in the magazine he edits (The American Scholar), maintains his high standards of honesty and amiability. Read full book review >

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FABULOUS SMALL JEWS by Joseph Epstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2003

"A mixed second collection (after The Goldin Boys, 1991), but, on the whole, Epstein's most successful foray into fiction yet."
Literary influence suffuses, and intermittently cramps, the 17 nonetheless very readable stories from the former American Scholar editor and cultural critic (Snobbery, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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PERTINENT PLAYERS by Joseph Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 1993

"632), who otherwise shares the same commitment to common sense and readability."
Epstein's third book of literary essays strikes a less polemical note than either Partial Payments (1989) or Plausible Prejudices (1985). Read full book review >

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ENVY by Joseph Epstein
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Strangely comforting in its reassurance that the reader is not alone in being a petty SOB."
Career essayist Epstein wields a nimble pen in this consideration of the "most pervasive" mortal sin. Read full book review >