New Outlook Volume 111

New Outlook Volume 111

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...charted by the earlier navigators. In none of the aforesaid historian's many books of fiction and of speculation on peace and war, the new order in society and politics, will he find a more notable and suggestive reflection of the endeavor of the age to define its new aims than in " The Research Magnificent,"1 the story of William Porphyry Benham, "the man who was led into adventure by an idea." The idea which possessed this man was the necessity laid upon him " to live life nobly and thoroughly." He called this ideal of life aristocratic, not in the social but in the spiritual sense; the sense of clearness and intensity, getting out of individual existence "a flame, a jewel, a splendor." This new aristocracy, Benham believed, is the necessary The Research Magnificent. By H. G. Wells. The Macmillau Cuuipany, New York. fiSi. next step for humanity; the rectification of the materialistic tendency of modern democracy, its cowardice in the face of danger and discipline, its fear of the opinion of the crowd. To get rid of fear is, therefore, the first step toward this ideal of an ordered, high-keyed, individual life. To Benham society was full of "planless, indeterminate lives, plebeian lives, mere lives;" he believes there is a better individual and a better public life than this "muddle about us." The modern world has come to think that painlessness and freedom from danger are ultimate ends. "It is fear-haunted, it is troubled by thoughts of pain and death, which it has never met except as well-guarded children meet these things, in exaggerated and untestable forms, in the menagerie or in nightmares." The story of the quest takes the reader through many vicissitudes. At the...
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  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,125g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236842448
  • 9781236842442