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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
Apr 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
"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
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Karen
Oct 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Mar 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great little collection!
Daniel Martinez
Good book. . different famous authors throughout history and their stories on vices
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Robert J. Hutchinson is the author of The Dawn of Christianity: How God Used Simple Fisherman, Soldiers and Prostitutes to Transform the World (Thomas Nelson, 2017), a journalistic retelling of the last week of Jesus’ life and the twenty years that followed that draws upon recent discoveries in archaeology and biblical studies. A highly readable synthesis of scripture, scholarship, and journal ...more
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