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A Literary Education and Other Essays

By Joseph Epstein

Who is the greatest living essayist writing in English? Unquestionably Joseph Epstein. Epstein is penetrating. He is witty. He has a magic touch with words, that hard to define but immediately recognizable quality called style. Above all, he is impossible to put down. How easy it is today to forget the simple delight of reading for no intended purpose. Each of the thirty-eight pieces in this book is a pure pleasure to read.

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The "Poor Me" Manual

Perfecting Self-Pity—My Own Story

By Hunter Lewis

This is a rollicking fictional memoir that takes us through the ups and downs of the mysterious author's life. And what a life it is, full to the brim with every imaginable kind of neurotic behavior. You will often laugh out loud. But you will also learn a great deal about the emotions and about which emotional strategies work and which don't.

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Jane Addams

1860–1935, American

Jane Addams was one of the first American public intellectuals, and a hugely successful activist and reformer as well. In 1931, she became the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She may have been the most influential woman in American history. She founded Hull House, a "settlement house" intended to serve the poor of Chicago, in 1897, and lived there the rest of her life.

As time passed, she became a spokesperson for the poor, for women, for children, for families, for sanitation, for public health, for social and political reform, first in Chicago, then nationally, and finally throughout the world. Concern for the poor and minorities led her gradually into active politics. This included, in addition to municipal reform, winning voting rights for women and also a pacifist approach to world affairs.

In her time, Addams was as famous as a president, and her books were read everywhere.

Axios Institute is dedicated to the study of human values, both the valuations that we make and the ways that we go about making them.

In addition to the study of values, our field includes what is commonly referred to as ethics, moral philosophy, and philosophy of life.

We are an independent research institute, and are not affiliated with, nor do we propound or express the views of, any particular religion, philosophy, or organized system of thought. On the contrary, our aim is to study a great variety of approaches, and to do so as objectively as possible.

The mission of Axios Press, the publishing division of Axios Institute, is to publish books that provide readers with a great variety of approaches to the study of human choices and values.