Narcissus Leaves the Pool
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - 321 pages
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 EssaysUser Review - Kirkus
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 essaysUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
An Extremely Well Informed SOB
Like a Gershwin Tune
A Nice Little Knack for NameDropping
So to Speak
A Real PageTurner
Anglophilia American Style
Grow Up Why Dontcha?