Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life by Daniel M. Klein Official Website   


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Klein (Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, 2008, among others) returned to the Greek island of Hydra at age 73. His return had a new and specific purpose: "I want to figure out the most satisfying way to live this stage of my life." Prior experience with the island led to conclude that the "old folks of Hydra have always struck me as uncommonly content with their stage in life."




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

Klein went to school at Harvard College where he received a B.A. in philosophy.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, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes (with Thomas Cathcart).[4] He lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and is married to Freke Vuijst, American correspondent for the Dutch newsweekly, 'Vrij Nederland’. 


'Foreword Magazines’ Book of the Year - Silver Award in Literary Fiction(2009) for novel, ‘The History of Now’

List of books


  • Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates (with Thomas Cathcart), Viking, 2009 . ISBN 0670020834[7]
  • Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington (with Thomas Cathcart),Abrams Books, 2008. ISBN 0810995417[8]
  • Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes (with Thomas Cathcart), Abrams Books, 2007. ISBN 081091493X[9]
  • The Half-Jewish Book: A Celebration (with Freke Vuijst), Villard, 2000. ISBN 0375503854[10]


Thrillers and Mysteries