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Book Of Vices

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Bringing together in one volume some of the funniest tributes to human weakness and temptation ever written, The Book of Vices presents such tantalizing celebrations of vice as Rabelais's "In Praise of Debtors," Margaret Cresswell's "The Jolly Glutton," Sigmund Freud's meditation on penis envy, Benjamin Franklin's "Letter on Selecting a Mistress," and Robert Louis Stevenso ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published April 6th 1995 by Riverhead Hardcover (first published 1995)
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Elizabeth Williams
"The vices help make virtues just as poisons help make medicines. Diluted and blended correctly, they are quite useful against the evils of life." Francois de La Rochefocauld

This is the philosophies of this funny, interesting book, which only promotes vices in a tongue-in-cheek way.

Self-righteousness was never considered one of the seven deadly sins, but it's the only character vice not covered in this book. Instead there are fascinating little nips from books by authors like Seneca, Ben Jonson
One of my favorite reads - faced with a tidal surge of hypermoralism, this author advocates for balance by defending the upside to vices. He blurbs notable, often hysterical bits from across the ages in chapters devoted to each of the seven deadly sins.
Elly Zupko
Great little collection!
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