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Joseph Epstein

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, the Atlantic, and other magazines. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish his forthcoming book Gossip in December.


  • On Gossip

    Whether for alliance or exclusion, secrets seem best when shared. An accomplished gossip marvels at the pleasures and perils of one of our favorite pastimes.