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Book Title: Book Of Vices|
Date of issue: April 6th 1995
ISBN 13: 9781573220064
The author of the book: Robert J. Hutchinson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 759 KB
Edition: Riverhead Hardcover
Read full description of the books Book Of Vices:Bringing together in one volume some of the funniest tributes to human weakness and temptation ever written, The Book of Vices presents such tantalizing celebrations of vice as Rabelais's "In Praise of Debtors," Margaret Cresswell's "The Jolly Glutton," Sigmund Freud's meditation on penis envy, Benjamin Franklin's "Letter on Selecting a Mistress," and Robert Louis Stevenson's "An Apology for Idlers." Ranging across the centuries, it includes the bawdy tales of Apuleius, Boccaccio, and William Wycherly, as well as tempting selections from such modern writers as Ogden Nash, John Updike, Fran Lebowitz, Tom Wolfe, and Lisa Alther. In the introductions that accompany each chapter, editor Robert J. Hutchinson insists, with Samuel Butler, that the vices are not wholly evil but "require moderate use rather than total abstinence." "The vices help make virtues just as the poisons help make medicines," wrote Francois de La Rochefoucauld, voicing a sentiment shared by writers from Aristotle to G. K. Chesterton. Poking good-natured fun at the new "politics of virtue," The Book of Vices encourages us to acknowledge our human foibles and argues convincingly for the value of vice in our literary tradition and in our lives.
Read information about the authorRobert J. Hutchinson is the author of The Dawn of Christianity: How God Used Simple Fisherman, Soldiers and Prostitutes to Transform the World (Thomas Nelson, 2017), a journalistic retelling of the last week of Jesus’ life and the twenty years that followed that draws upon recent discoveries in archaeology and biblical studies. A highly readable synthesis of scripture, scholarship, and journalistic flair, The Dawn of Christianity is a rich and timely retelling of the greatest story ever told and its compelling aftermath.
Hutchinson is also the author of Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth (Thomas Nelson, 2015), a pioneering work that challenges older scholarly ideas about who Jesus was and what he was trying to achieve; The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible (Regnery, 2008) which argues that the ideas embedded in the ancient Biblical texts gave rise to such developments as modern science, the recognition of universal human rights and constitutional government; When in Rome: A Journal of Life In Vatican City (Doubleday, 1998) which recounts the adventures of his family when they lived in Rome and Hutchinson researched the inner workings of the Vatican; and The Book of Vices: A Collection of Classic Immoral Tales (Putnam, 1996) which is a light-hearted attempt to poke fun at William Bennett's The Book of Virtues and is full of excerpts from ribald classics.
Hutchinson has been a professional writer and author his entire adult life, working both for Christian publications, such as Christianity Today and U.S. Catholic, and for secular magazines and newspapers. He was once the managing editor of Hawaii Magazine and the Hawaii Bureau Chief for The Hollywood Reporter. Hutchinson attended Catholic schools, studied philosophy and French as an undergraduate, moved to Israel to learn Hebrew, and earned a graduate degree in New Testament studies in 2004.
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