The Ideal of Culture by Joseph Epstein

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Who is the greatest living essayist writing in English? Joseph Epstein would surely be at the top of anybody's list. 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.

Joseph Epstein's The Ideal of Culture: Essays is the fourth such volume from Axios Press and contains 63 essays. Subjects range from domestic life to current social trends to an appraisal of “contemporary nuttiness.” It follows the much acclaimed Essays in Biography, 2012, A Literary Education and Other Essays, 2014, and Wind Sprints: Shorter Essays, 2016.

After reading Epstein, we see life with a fresh eye. We also see ourselves a little more clearly. This is what Plutarch intended: life teaching by example, but with a wry smile and such a sure hand that we hardly notice the instruction. It is just pure pleasure.

About Joseph Epstein

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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 May 1, 2018 by Axios Press. 592 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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