Title: A Line out For A Walk: Familiar Essays
Publisher: W.W. Norton and Company, New York
Publication Date: 1991
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
" The familiar essay bears a close resemblance to another rare breed, the art of conversation. The designation suggests a tete-a-tete between writer and reader. That is exactly what this new collection (1977) of essays by joseph Epstein provides. Book and priced ($21.95) jacket in as new condition. First edition, first issue. Book has never been open except to sign on half title page. Bookseller Inventory # 000687
Synopsis: Describing his art, Paul Klee once said, "I take a line out for a walk". This is precisely what Joseph Epstien does in his trenchant informal essays. In this fourth collection, he takes out such wildly various "lines" as gossip, gambling, height (or the lack of it), hats, smoking, fame, the madness of compulsive reading and walks them on the leash of his own strong viewpoint. "Witty, civilized, erudite, self-mocking - intelligent entertainments more British than American in their roots yet most emphatically American in content and style...Invariably his comments...are interesting, sometimes they are striking, often they are amusing."
About the Author: Joseph Epstein has been the editor of the American Scholar since 1975. His own books of essays include The Middle of My Tether, Once More Around the Block, A Line Out for a Walk, Pertinent Players, and With My Trousers Rolled (all published by Norton). He was guest editor for Best American Essays (1993) and teaches at Northwestern University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.
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