Joseph Epstein

Joseph Epstein is, with Frederic Raphael, the author of Distant Intimacy (Yale, 2013).

The Cracked Vessel


The Kennan Diaries Edited by Frank Costigliola (Norton, 768 pages, $39.95) The career of George F. Kennan (1904-2005), the diplomatist whose name is chiefly associated with the Cold War, peaked when Kennan was in his early forties. On February 22, 1946, working at the time as a foreign service officer at the State Department, he […]

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The Heart of the Heartland


The Selected Letters of Willa CatherEdited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout(Knopf, 752 pages, $37.50) Willa Cather’s literary reputation is even now, nearly 70 years after her death, less than clear. In her day—born in 1873, she published her main novels and books of stories between 1912 and 1940—she was regarded as insufficiently modernist, both […]

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