Daniel Martin Klein

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Daniel Martin Klein (born 1939 in Wilmington, Delaware) is an American writer of fiction, non-fiction, and humor. His most notable works are Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar co-written with Thomas Cathcart.[1] and Travels With Epicurus.


Klein went to school at Harvard College where he received a B.A. in philosophy.[2] After a brief career in television comedy, he began writing books, ranging from thrillers and mysteries to humorous books about philosophy, including the New York Times bestseller,[3] Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes (with Thomas Cathcart)[4] and the London Times bestseller Travels With Epicurus. He lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and is married to Freke Vuijst, American correspondent for the Dutch newsweekly, Vrij Nederland. Their daughter, Samara Quirine Klein, is Director of Rights and International Operations for the PJ Library at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.


ForeWord Magazine' Book of the Year – Silver Award in Literary Fiction(2009) for novel, 'The History of Now'[5]

List of books[edit]


  • Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life, Penguin, 2012, ISBN 0143121936
  • Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between, (with Thomas Cathcart), Viking, 2009. ISBN 0670020834[6]
  • Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: Understanding Political Doublespeak through Philosophy and Jokes, (with Thomas Cathcart), Abrams Books, 2008. ISBN 0810995417[7]
  • Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, (with Thomas Cathcart), Abrams Books, 2007. ISBN 081091493X[8]
  • The Half-Jewish Book: A Celebration (with Freke Vuijst), Villard, 2000. ISBN 0375503854[9]
  • Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live, Penguin, 2015 ISBN 0143126792
  • I Think, Therefore I Draw: Understanding Philosophy Through Cartoons (with Thomas Cathcart), Penguin, 2018 ISBN 978-0143133025

Thrillers and Mysteries[edit]



  • The Jewish Jester, New Stage Performing Arts, Berkshire Theater Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 2013
  • Mengelberg and Mahler, Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA, 2010

Book Reviews[edit]

Nothing Serious[edit]

  • Kirkus described the book as follows: "A hip editor takes the helm of Cogito, a stodgy philosophical journal, with mixed—and occasionally hilarious—results."[10]
  • New York Journal of Books reviewer Karl Wolff wrote, “. . . a rollicking farce . . . a tightly plotted comedic tale with a genuine emotional center and a sharp satirical wit.”[11]


  1. ^ "Boston Globe". By David Mehegan, Globe Staff | August 15, 2007
  2. ^ "Herald_Times_Reporter". Article by Bev Denor Book columnist.
  3. ^ "The New York Times Best Seller List". Archived by Hawes.com
  4. ^ "Harvard Magazine". Article by C.L.
  5. ^ "Foreword Reviews" ForeWord Book of the Year Awards – Foreword Reviews
  6. ^ "NPR". Show Hosted by LIANE HANSEN.
  7. ^ "C-SPAN".
  8. ^ "Philosophy Now Magazine". Article by Tim Madigan.
  9. ^ "Jewish Post". Article by Gad Nahshon.
  10. ^ https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/daniel-klein/nothing-serious-klein/
  11. ^ http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/review/nothing-serious

12. http://thoughtcatalog.com/the-thoughtful-reader/2010/08/theater-review-mengelberg-and-mahler/

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