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Author Epstein, Joseph, 1937-

Title Snobbery : the American version / Joseph Epstein.

Published Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002.

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 UniM Bail  305.50973 EPST    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 274 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. It Takes One to Know One 3 -- 2. What Is a Snob? 13 -- 3. How Snobbery Works 20 -- 4. Democratic Snob 28 -- 5. Snob-Jobbery 38 -- 6. O WASP, Where Is Thy Sting-a-Ling 47 -- 7. Class (all but) Dismissed 62 -- 8. Such Good Taste 73 -- 9. In the Snob-Free Zone 83 -- 10. High, Fine Nuttiness of Status 91 -- 11. To You, I Give My Heart, Invidia 103 -- 12. A Son at Tufts, a Daughter at Taffeta 115 -- 13. Dear Old Yarvton 121 -- 14. Unclubbable 133 -- 15. Intellectual Snobbery, or The (Million or So) Happy Few 142 -- 16. Snob in Politics 153 -- 17. Fags and Yids 162 -- 18. Same New Thing 172 -- 19. Names Away! 184 -- 20. Celebrity Iceberg 194 -- 21. Anglo-, Franco-, and Other Odd philias 203 -- 22. Setting the Snob's Table 215 -- 23. Art of With-It-ry 227 -- 24. A Grave but Localized Disease 241.
Summary Joseph Epstein's highly entertaining new book takes up the subject of snobbery in America after the fall of the prominence of the old Wasp culture of prep schools, Ivy League colleges, cotillions, debutante balls, the Social Register, and the rest of it. With ample humor and insight, Epstein uncovers the new outlets upon which the old snobbery has fastened: food and wine, fashion, high-achieving children, schools, politics, health, being with-it, name-dropping, and much else, including the roles of Jews and homosexuals in the development of snobbery. He also raises the question of whether snobbery might, alas, be a part of human nature. Snobbery: The American Version is the first book in English devoted exclusively to the subject since Thackeray's The Book of Snobs.
Subject Social status -- United States.
Snobs and snobbishness -- United States.
ISBN 0395944171