Narcissus Leaves the Pool

Narcissus Leaves the Pool

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Joseph Epstein demonstrates time and again his talent for taking nearly any subject and polishing it into a gem of sparkling wit and fascination. In Narcissus Leaves the Pool, he displays his signature verve and charm in sixteen agile, entertaining pieces. Among his targets in this collection are name-dropping, talent versus genius, the cult of youthfulness, and the information revolution.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 321 pages
  • 169 x 208 x 21mm | 349g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0618872167
  • 9780618872169
  • 1,152,133

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"Joseph Epstein is an essayist in the brilliant tradition of Charles Lamb. He moves so effortlessly from the amusingly personal to the broadly philosophical that it takes a moment before you realize how far out into the intellectual cosmos you have been taken. He is also mercilessly free of the petty intellectual etiquettes common at this moment in our national letters. It is refreshing to hear so independent a voice." -- Tom Wolfe, author of A Man in Full
"Epstein's work is well in the Addisonian line of succession that Cyril Connolly saw petering out in Punch and the professional humorists . . . Epstein is a great deal more sophisticated than they were, and a great deal more readable." -- Philip Larkin
"Joseph Epstein's essays no more need his identifying byline than Van Gogh's paintings need his signature. Epstein's style--call it learned whimsy--is unmistakable; for Epstein addicts, indispensible." -- George F. Will
"Joseph Epstein is the liveliest, most erudite and engaging essayist we have--a wonderful combination of Hazlitt and Chicago boy. At once somber and self-assured, he has achieved the considerable feat of fashioning from the minor dramas of his own life--aging, infirmity, coming up against the limits of ambition--major themes. In taking his measure, he takes our own." -- James Atlas, author of a forthcoming biography on Saul Bellow and frequent New Yorker contributor
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112 ratings
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