Narcissus Leaves the Pool

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jul 1, 2007 - Literary Collections - 321 pages
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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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NARCISSUS LEAVES THE POOL: Familiar Essays

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The latest collection of quasi-autobiographical "familiar essays" by Epstein (Pertinent Players: Essays on the Literary Life, 1993, etc.) offers the pleasures of smart faculty-party conversation. The ... Read full review

Narcissus leaves the pool: familiar essays

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What do you get when you take 16 personal essays, add literary knowledge and self-revelation, include well-turned phrases and polished paragraphs, temper with a candid, colloquial style, and suffuse ... Read full review

Contents

An Extremely Well Informed SOB
21
Like a Gershwin Tune
40
A Nice Little Knack for NameDropping
80
So to Speak
99
A Real PageTurner
118
Anglophilia American Style
234
Grow Up Why Dontcha?
269
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JOSEPH EPSTEIN is the author of the best-selling Snobbery and of Friendship , among other books, and was formerly editor of the American Scholar . His work has appeared in The New Yorker , Harper's Magazine , the Atlantic Monthly , and other magazines. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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