Gray, Rockwell. “Joseph Epstein Thinks, Out Loud, About Writing.” Chicago Tribune Books (5 September 1993): 6-7.
Praises the humor and broad scope of the essays in Pertinent Players.
Gross, John. “The Sea of Experience.” Chicago Tribune Books (28 April 1991): 3.
Review contending that in A Line Out for a Walk Epstein demonstrates that high culture and everyday culture can coexist.
Hentoff, Margot. “In Defense of Misery.” New York Review of Books 21, no. 13 (August 1974): 36-7.
Presents a favorable assessment of Divorced in America.
Kapp, Isa. “Joseph Epstein: Essayist at Large.” Washington Post Book World 9, no. 19 (16 December 1979): 4, 9.
Regards Familiar Territory as “a one-man revival of the familiar essay at its most genial and urbane.”
Jones, Barbara. “Visits to the Old Neighborhood.” Washington Post Book World 21, no. 40 (6 October 1991): 4.
Provides a favorable review of The Goldin Boys calling the stories solid, traditional, “after-dinner yarns.”
Park, Clara Claiborne. “Wisest, and Justest, and Best.” Nation 232, no. 21 (30 May 1981): 669-70.
Provides a positive review of Masters: Portraits of Great Teachers, edited by Epstein.
Pritchard, William H. “View from the Feet.” New Republic 184, no. 10 (7 March 1981): 34-6.
Considers the scope of the essays collected in Masters: Portraits of Great Teachers.
Additional coverage of Epstein's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: American Writers Supplement, Vol. 14; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 112, 119; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 50, 65, 117; Contemporary Literature Criticism, Vol. 39; and Literature Resource Center.