Book Of Vices

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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 Stevenson's "An Apology for Idlers." Ranging across the centuries, it includes the bawdy tales of Apuleius, Boccaccio, and William Wycherly, as well as...
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Overview

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 Stevenson's "An Apology for Idlers." Ranging across the centuries, it includes the bawdy tales of Apuleius, Boccaccio, and William Wycherly, as well as tempting selections from such modern writers as Ogden Nash, John Updike, Fran Lebowitz, Tom Wolfe, and Lisa Alther. In the introductions that accompany each chapter, editor Robert J. Hutchinson insists, with Samuel Butler, that the vices are not wholly evil but "require moderate use rather than total abstinence." "The vices help make virtues just as the poisons help make medicines," wrote Francois de La Rochefoucauld, voicing a sentiment shared by writers from Aristotle to G. K. Chesterton. Poking good-natured fun at the new "politics of virtue," The Book of Vices encourages us to acknowledge our human foibles and argues convincingly for the value of vice in our literary tradition and in our lives.
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Hutchinson, a former Hawaii bureau chief for the Hollywood Reporter and a self-anointed connoisseur of vice, offers this delightful little send-up of William J. Bennett's The Book of Virtues. Skipping merrily through a forbidden catechism of the Seven Deadly Sins-Lust, Avarice, Sloth, Gluttony, Pride, Envy and Anger-this captivating array of verse and prose moves from pre-Christian Greeks and Romans down through the Renaissance in France and England and on into the moderns. Represented are pearls from Greek historian Xenophon (c.430-354 B.C.), Dickens, Mark Twain, Woody Allen, Shakespeare, Rabelais, Flaubert, Tom Wolfe, Groucho Marx, e.e. cummings and Oscar Wilde, to mention a few. Lust is given top billing and afforded almost a third more pages than each of its six less intriguing sisters. Beginning with an erotic selection from Boccaccio's Decameron and ending with a ``zipless'' fantasy from Erica Jong's Fear of Flying, the anthology is a standard reference for those with the urge to brush up on the finer points of sin. Illustrations. BOMC and QPB selections. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573220064
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/1995
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 5.18 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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