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"The essay, as a literary form, is pretty well extinct." Philip Larkin wrote that obituary in 1984, but apparently, nobody told Joseph Epstein. For decades, the now retired editor of American Scholar has been turning out book after book of masterpiece essay collections, of which this is the latest. Like its predecessors, Literary Education and Other Essays combines silky prose with penetrating analysis of a wide range of materials and topics. In this case, Epstein turns his keen eyes back on himself, giving us perhaps our best self-portrait yet of this consummate artist as an old man. Definitely worth recommending.