Essays in Biography by Joseph Epstein

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In 19 words, Mr. Epstein builds a biographical schema that does not have to be labored over for 300 pages.
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Who is the greatest living essayist writing in English? Unquestionably Joseph Epstein. Epstein is penetrating. He is witty. He has a magic touch with words, that hard to define but immediately recognizable quality called style. Above all, he is impossible to put down. How easy it is today to forget the simple delight of reading for no intended purpose. Each of the 39 pieces in this book is a pure pleasure to read.
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Joseph Epstein is a long time resident of Chicago. Joseph Epstein has taught English and writing atNorthwestern for many years. He is the author of 22 books, many of them collections of essays, andhas also written for numerous magazines including the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Commentary.
 
Published September 14, 2012 by Axios Press. 622 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Jul 14 2013

Most of the essays seem more like extended book reviews than essays in biography, although they are never acknowledged as such. Moreover there is no indication of where and when the individual pieces were originally published...

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Reviewed by Carl Rollyson on Oct 05 2012

In 19 words, Mr. Epstein builds a biographical schema that does not have to be labored over for 300 pages.

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