"An elegant display of prose. . . . [Klein's] polemic is bravely cranky. The book is important for . . . situating the act of smoking in Western culture and telling us addicts, without condescension, what kind of dance we're doing 10 or 20 times a day."--Laura Mansnerus, "New York Times Book Review" "[A] wise and timely book: it is also sly, funny, and peculiarly seductive. . . . [A] remarkable achievement."--John Banville, "New York Review of Books"
Richard Klein is Professor of French at Cornell University and editor of "Diacritics." He quit smoking while writing "Cigarettes Are Sublime" and has been nicotine-free ever since.