The Ideal of Culture: Essays

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One would expect masterful writing from Joseph Epstein, who is the author of twenty-nine previous books and currently teaches writing at Northwestern. Epstein certainly does know how to use words, so strap yourself in for a long haul. This book is a genuine tome, but a delightful one. I have increased my vocabulary with every essay. Never has learning been more delightful. The author has a playful sense of humor and a way with words. His essay titled “Literary Rivals” is hilarious. There are sure to be at least ten essays which will entertain and enlighten readers. Epstein covers topics from Proust to turning eighty. Not only will the reader expand their vocabulary, but also, if they are like me, they will learn to appreciate writers yet unexplored and see favorite writers with a fresh eye. If the line, “Herodotus, like Jimmy Durante, had a million of ‘em” makes you laugh out loud, you are guaranteed to love this book, and you will learn so much from a natural-born and pleasant teacher.

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Author Joseph Epstein
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 565 pages
Publisher Axios Press
Publish Date 2018-May-07
ISBN 9781604191233 Buy this Book
Issue March 2019
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