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General Information


Pen Name: Aristides - for articles, essays and book reviews to magazines and journals

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1937 in Chicago Illinois


Illinois Connection

Epstein is a Chicago native. He grew up in Rogers Park and graduated from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joseph Epstein is an essayist, short story writer, novelist and editor, best known as a former editor of the Phi Beta Kappa Society's ''The American Scholar'' magazine and for his recent essay collection, ''Snobbery: The American Version''. He was a lecturer at Northwestern University from 1974 to 2002 and now holds emeritus status. He is a Contributing Editor at ''The Weekly Standard'' and a long-time contributor of essays and short stories to The New Criterion and Commentary. His stories prominently feature the city of Chicago and the characters that have populated his 70 years as an observer of the city.

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-- Harold Washington Literary Award in 1998 for his body of work.