Joseph Epstein



Joseph Epstein is the author of, among other books, Snobbery, Friendship, and Fabulous Small Jews. He has been editor of American Scholar and has written for the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Commentary, Town and Country, and other magazines.

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Snobbery: The American Version

3.35 avg rating — 644 ratings — published 2002 — 8 editions
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Fabulous Small Jews

3.92 avg rating — 274 ratings — published 2003 — 6 editions
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Envy

3.64 avg rating — 258 ratings — published 2003 — 12 editions
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Friendship: An Expose

3.26 avg rating — 223 ratings — published 2006 — 7 editions
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Fred Astaire

3.25 avg rating — 157 ratings — published 2008 — 3 editions
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Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit

3.16 avg rating — 163 ratings — published 2011 — 9 editions
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Narcissus Leaves the Pool

4.12 avg rating — 116 ratings — published 1999 — 2 editions
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Essays in Biography

3.97 avg rating — 117 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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The Love Song of A. Jerome ...

4.18 avg rating — 115 ratings — published 2010 — 5 editions
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In a Cardboard Belt!: Essay...

3.90 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 2007 — 2 editions
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“The reason 'closure' is a cliche is that it is used too often, too imprecisely, and doesn't in any case reflect reality. In reality, such closure in broken friendships and much else in life is rarely achieved; only death brings closure and then not always for those still living.”
Joseph Epstein, Friendship: An Exposé

“Of all the seven deadly sins, only Envy is no fun at all.”
Joseph Epstein, Envy

“All men and women are born, live suffer and die; what distinguishes us one from another is our dreams, whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things, and what we do to make them come about... We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death. But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live.”
Joseph Epstein

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