The Ideal of Culture: Essays

The Ideal of Culture: Essays

by Joseph Epstein


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604191233
Publisher: Axios Press
Publication date: 05/07/2018
Pages: 572
Sales rank: 98,905
Product dimensions: 6.37(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.76(d)

About the Author

Joseph Epstein was formerly editor of the American Scholar. A long-time resident of Chicago, he has taught English and writing at Northwestern University for many years. He has written for numerous magazines including the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Weekly Standard and Commentary. He is the author of 29 books, many of them collections of essays. His books include the bestselling Snobbery and Friendship as well as the short-story collections The Goldin Boys, Fabulous Small Jews, and The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff.

Table of Contents

Introduction I. The CultureThe Ideal of Culture From Parent to Parenthood Death Takes No Holiday Wit Genius Cowardice Old Age and Other Laughs What’s So Funny? The Fall of the WASPs The Virtue of Victims Cool The Sixties University of Chicago Days
II. Literary Erich Auerbach Kafka Orwell Proust C. K. Scott Moncrieff The Young T. S. Eliot Philip Larkin Willa Cather George Kennan Isaiah Berlin Michael Oakeshott John O’Hara F. Scott Fitzgerald, A Most Successful Failure Wolcott Gibbs Evelyn Waugh J. F. Powers Edward Gibbon Herodotus Tacitus Encyclopaedia Britannica – The Eleventh Grammar Clichés Literary RivalsWhy Read Biography? III. Jewish Sholem Aleichem Jokes A Genre of Thought Jews on the Loose Jewish PugsHarry GoldenGershom ScholemDreaming of a Jewish Christmas
IV. MasterpiecesThe Brothers AshkenaziCivilization of the RenaissanceMontesquieuMachiavelli Gogol Speak, Memory Epictetus H. W. Fowler As a Driven Leaf Joseph and His Brothers Life and Fate Memoirs of Hadrian Charnwood’s Lincoln Book of the Courtier Ronald Syme Quest for Corvo The Old Bunch The Life of Johnson V. Hitting Eighty Hitting EightyEpigraph

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