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Epstein, Joseph 1937-

Works: 98 works in 349 publications in 6 languages and 22,286 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Essays  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Fiction  Short stories  Reviews  Records and correspondence  Personal correspondence  Anecdotes 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3555.P6527, B
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Envy by Joseph Epstein( )

35 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 2,667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Malice that cannot speak its name, cold-blooded but secret hostility, impotent desire, hidden rancor and spite--all cluster at the center of envy. Envy clouds thought, writes Joseph Epstein, clobbers generosity, precludes any hope of serenity, and ends in shriveling the heart. Of the seven deadly sins, he concludes, only envy is no fun at all. Writing in a conversational, erudite, self-deprecating style that wears its learning lightly, Epstein takes us on a stimulating tour of the many faces of envy. He considers what great thinkers--such as John Rawls, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche--have written about envy; distinguishes between envy, yearning, jealousy, resentment, and schadenfreude ("a hardy perennial in the weedy garden of sour emotions"); and catalogs the many things that are enviable, including wealth, beauty, power, talent, knowledge and wisdom, extraordinary good luck, and youth (or as the title of Epstein's chapter on youth has it, "The Young, God Damn Them"). He looks at resentment in academia, where envy is mixed with snobbery, stirred by impotence, and played out against a background of cosmic injustice; and he offers a brilliant reading of Othello as a play more driven by Iago's envy than Othello's jealousy. He reveals that envy has a strong touch of malice behind it--the envious want to destroy the happiness of others. He suggests that envy of the astonishing success of Jews in Germany and Austria may have lurked behind the virulent anti-Semitism of the Nazis. As he proved in his best-selling Snobbery, Joseph Epstein has an unmatched ability to highlight our failings in a way that is thoughtful, provocative, and entertaining. If envy is no fun, Epstein's Envy is truly a joy to read. -- from publisher description
Snobbery : the American version by Joseph Epstein( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 1,844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Epstein's witty new book surveys American snobbery after the fall of the old Wasp culture of prep schools, Ivy League colleges, cotillions, debutante balls, the Social Register, and the rest of it. With ample humor and insight, Epstein uncovers the new outlets upon which the old snobbery has fastened: food and wine, fashion, high-achieving children, schools, politics, health, being with-it, name-dropping, and much else, including the roles of Jews and homosexuals in the development of snobbery. Playing throughout the book is the question of whether snobbery is part of human nature.--From publisher description
Fred Astaire by Joseph Epstein( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Joseph Epstein's Fred Astaire investigates the great dancer's magical talent, taking up the story of his life, his personality, his work habits, his modest pretensions, and above all his accomplishments. Written with the wit and grace the subject deserves, Fred Astaire provides a remarkable portrait of this extraordinary artist and how he came to embody for Americans a fantasy of easy elegance and, paradoxically, of democratic aristocracy." "Tracing Astaire's life from his birth in Omaha to his death in his late eighties in Hollywood, the book discusses his early days with his talented and outspoken sister Adele, his gifts as a singer (Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern all delighted in composing for Astaire), and his many movie dance partners, among them Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell, and Betty Hutton."--Jacket
Gossip : the untrivial pursuit by Joseph Epstein( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A juicy, incisive exploration of gossip in all its forms--from celebrity rumors to literary "romans a clef," from personal sniping to political slander
Alexis de Tocqueville : democracy's guide by Joseph Epstein( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of Alexis de Tocqueville, one of the first foreigners to recognize and celebrate the grandness of the American project in the nineteenth century
Masters : portraits of great teachers( Book )

7 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Norton book of personal essays( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Norton Book of Personal Essays collects approximately fifty of the finest personal essays of the twentieth century, selected and introduced by Joseph Epstein, the man often hailed as the "premier essayist of our time."" "In them, some of our most admired American and British writers express their lively, candid, entertaining, thoughtful, and - above all - varied opinions. Topics range from Tangiers to a lake in Maine, from racial conflict to sky diving, from the expectations we bring to travel to the athletics of the table. Most prominent in each essay is the distinctive style of the essayist; style, as Epstein points out in his introduction, not only is what keeps literature alive but also is a personal way of looking at the world."--Jacket
Divorced in America; marriage in an age of possibility by Joseph Epstein( Book )

7 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ambition, the secret passion by Joseph Epstein( Book )

21 editions published between 1980 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author discusses interpretations of ambition and using ambition as fuel for achievement. He also considers elements of the American dream, the success of some prominent Americans throughout history, and how ambition can fuel success
Distant intimacy : a friendship in the age of the internet by Frederic Raphael( )

5 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This delightful book of writer-to-writer correspondence joins a full shelf of volumes in the genre, yet it is perhaps the first set of such letters ever transacted via the Internet. Also unusual, at least for correspondents in the twenty-first century, is that Frederic Raphael and Joseph Epstein have never met, nor even spoken to each other. But what is most rare about this book is the authors' abundant talent for entertaining their readers, as much when the topic is grave as when it is droll. Raphael and Epstein agree to embark on a year-long correspondence, but other rules are few. As the weeks progress, their friendship grows, and each inspires the other. Almost any topic, large or small, is considered: they write of schooling, parents, wives, children, literary tastes, enmities, delights, and beliefs. They discuss their professional lives as writers, their skills or want of them, respective experiences with editors, producers, and actors, and, in priceless passages scattered throughout the letters, they assess such celebrated figures as Gore Vidal, Christopher Hitchens, Sontag/Leibowitz, Malcolm Gladwell, Harold Bloom, George Steiner, Harold Pinter, Isaiah Berlin, George Weidenfeld, and Robert Gottlieb, among many others. Epstein and Raphael capture a year in their letters, but more, they invite us into an intimate world where literature, cinema, and art are keys to self-discovery and friendship"
Fabulous small Jews by Joseph Epstein( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these pages are artists, writers, a commodities trader, a concert pianist, all at various crossroads and turning points in their lives. These are classic stories with universal themes: the rights of talent, the attempt to shake one's identity, the desperation of strangled impulses, the complexities of family love. But as always with Epstein, the magic, the charm, and the humor are in his lavish details. The stories in Fabulous Small Jews are small worlds writ large, and Epstein's observant eye and witty voice bring them alive on the page
Familiar territory : observations on American life by Joseph Epstein( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best American short stories, 1983( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hard to be good--The dignity of life-A change of season--(etc.)
The process of philosophy : a historical introduction by Joseph Epstein( Book )

5 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The love song of A. Jerome Minkoff and other stories by Joseph Epstein( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short stories features everyday Jewish men in Chicago who confront life-defining moments during complex love affairs, unspoken rivalries, and family triumphs
Narcissus leaves the pool : familiar essays by Joseph Epstein( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Epstein's sixth collection of personal pieces winningly and brilliantly rounds off more than two decades of his writing under the name Aristides for The American Scholar. "The trick with these essays," he recently wrote, "is to take what seems a small or mildly amusing subject and open it up, allow it to exfoliate, so that by the end something arises that might be larger and more intricate than anyone -- including the author -- had expected." Among the things that arise here are naps, Gershwin, name-dropping, long books, growing older, talent versus genius, Anglophilia, and surgery. These are essays about the head and the heart
Literary genius : 25 classic writers who define English & American literature by Joseph Epstein( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What constitutes literary genius? This collection of essays focuses on twenty-five English-language writers whose original and enduring works enrich our lives. Renowned portraitist Barry Moser provides a handsome engraving of each writer, together with illustrations based upon their texts
The middle of my tether : familiar essays by Joseph Epstein( Book )

8 editions published between 1983 and 1987 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With my trousers rolled : familiar essays by Joseph Epstein( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Other essays deal with the pleasures of middle age, of music and cats and telling anecdotes, of the psychological and social complexities of car ownership, of the oddities and ambiguities of male hair. Urbane yet regularly amazed, ironic yet happily candid, Epstein's essays have long been compared to the conversation of an intelligent friend whose wit takes surprising turns of seriousness. Epstein is one of those writers whose humor, at bottom, is serious
A line out for a walk : familiar essays by Joseph Epstein( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of familiar essays, heightening one's sense of the richness of life and its pleasures
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Snobbery : the American versionFred AstaireGossip : the untrivial pursuitAlexis de Tocqueville : democracy's guideThe Norton book of personal essaysAmbition, the secret passionFabulous small JewsThe love song of A. Jerome Minkoff and other stories
Alternative Names
Joseph Epstein Amerikaans essayist

Joseph Epstein US-amerikanischer Autor, Essayist und Hochschullehrer

Эпштейн Дж.

Эпштейн Джозеф

جوزف اپستاین نویسنده آمریکایی

엡스타인, 조셉 1937-

엡스타인, 조지프 1937-

エプスタイン, ジョゼフ

エプスタイン, ジョゼフ‏ 1937-