Reflections on the Human Condition by Eric Hoffer
New York : Harper & Row, 1973. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. 97 pages ; 20 cm. $4.95 dust jacket. Lean to spine. Foxing to deckle edge. Pages are unmarked. Binding is firm.
This collection of aphorisms and philosophical comment represents Eric Hoffer at his best. It offers stunning insights that strike home with startling frequency, often most uncomfortable; it has a fine unity, a well-defined theme. That some of the statements invite argument and questioning is inevitable and stimulating.
Here is a book of the "wry epigram and the icy aphorism" which made his earlier books so appealing and gained for him a wide audience.
ERIC HOFFER was born in New York City of immigrant parents. Blindness in his youth prevented his attending school, but he educated himself by reading after his sight returned. At twenty he went to California; he spent ten years on skid row, then became a migrant farm worker and, in 1943, a long¬shoreman. Every spare minute was spent reading, thinking and writing. His first book was The True Believer; then, among others, The Passionate State of Mind and First Things, Last Things. He is quoted as having said, "The purpose of philosophers is to show people what is right under their noses." Much of what he has written—most notably this new book—serves this very purpose.
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