Just released, Joseph Epstein’s A Literary Education and Other Essays is the second volume of essays from Axios Press following the much acclaimed Essays in Biography, 2012. It contains thirty-eight essays describing a diverse range of subjects. In the new Introduction, Epstein comments that A Literary Education “is not united by the biographical or any other theme but instead covers the range of my interests and preoccupations as an essayist over a writing career that spans more than fifty years: education, language, the arts, magazines, intellectuals, the culture.”
From Publishers Weekly:
“Epstein follows up Essays in Biography (2012) with another collection of provocative and beguiling thought pieces. The range of his curiosity is exhilarating.”
From Kirkus Reviews:
“[In A Literary Education] prolific essayist, biographer, and novelist Epstein ... delivers ... lots of erudition ... and ... fun.”
From the New Criterion:
“... [Epstein] writes sentences you want to remember... His essays are troves of literary reference and allusion, maps between centuries, countries, genres. ... [They] have personality and style, yes, but they also have something to say, and that’s the pivotal distinction between Epstein and his bevy of imitators... What’s more, his wit is unkillable. ...”
About the Author
Joseph Epstein was formerly editor of the American Scholar. A long-time resident of Chicago, he has taught English and writing at Northwestern University for many years. He has written for numerous magazines including the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and Commentary.
He is the author of twenty-four books, many of them collections of essays. His books include the bestselling Snobbery and Friendship as well as the short-story collections The Goldin Boys, Fabulous Small Jews, and The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff.