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30 Satires

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Widely celebrated for his political essays, Lewis Lapham is a satirist who belongs in the company of Ambrose Bierce, H.L. Mencken, and Mark Twain. Over the last twenty years he has experimented with satire in its several forms—as burlesque, pasquinade, invective, and deadpan jest.


This first assemblage of Lapham’s satires presents thirty pieces that hold their currency and
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 3rd 2003 by The New Press (first published 2003)
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Joe
Jul 03, 2009 Joe rated it really liked it
The book cover boasts quotes by Kurt Vonnegut, and George Plimpton lavishing praise on Lewis Lapham as the pre-emminent satirist of our day. Frankly, that's what made me buy the book, I hadn't heard of him yet. Now, I'm not as smart as those guys, and you're not going to buy the book, because my quote is on the cover, but go ahead, pick it up.
This is a collection of essays, taken from a twenty year period, so some might feel a little dated. Like really good satire, there is usually some ring o
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Bone dry, withering prose. But very, very funny. And lethally accurate.
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Lewis Henry Lapham was the editor of Harper's Magazine from 1976 until 1981, and again from 1983 until 2006. He is the founder and current editor of Lapham's Quarterly, featuring a wide range of famous authors devoted to a single topic in each issue. Lapham has also written numerous books on politics and current affairs.

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