Essays in Biography (book review)

Book review from The Movie Snob.

Essays in Biography, by Joseph Epstein (2012).  Long-time readers of The Movie Court know that I love essayist and short-story writer Joseph Epstein.  It goes without saying that I enjoyed this collection of short biographical pieces by the master.  Almost all of them are about modern intellectuals, but there are a few exceptions—the book starts with a piece about George Washington, of all people, and there is one about Xenophon and another about an interesting fellow Epstein just happened to befriend a few years before he died.  The only reason I enjoyed this book a little less than I have some of Epstein’s others is that some (many?) of the essays have previously appeared in magazines that I take, so I had read a lot of them before.


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