The Smart Set Volume 29

The Smart Set Volume 29

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...Algar Thorold (Dutton, $1. 5o), is a book which has its most interesting chapter at the end. In the chapters before that Dr. Thorold essays to expound the private codes of half a dozen rebels against the law and the prophets----Fontenelle, Merimee, Fabre, Huysmans, Maeterlinck and Anatole France--and then, at the end in a brief epilogue he speaks for himself. This epilogue is a masterly presentation ina few paragraphs of the functions and limitations of philosophy. The search for the truth, says M. Thorold, is not an enterprise that appeals to the average man, for his yearning for the ultimate verities is always less pressing than his yearning for a rock and a refuge. Even the true philosopher, in his weaker moments, sometimes feels an atavistic impulse to seek 'shelter in the old faiths of his race. But, fortunately for humanity, there are extraordinary men in whom this impulse appears but rarely. These men are the captains in the march of progress. They get little honor while they live--in the sense of popular appreciation--and their doubts often torture them, but it is plain that in the long run they serve their fellow men as no mere emperors and high priests can ever do. The comforts of faith may seem to make life more bearable, but it is disillusion that makes wider and wider the gap between man and the ape. M. Thorold's choice of disillusionists is scarcely satisfying to the AngloSaxon reader. His nomination of Fontenelle will meet a hearty aye, but why Huysmans and Maeterlinck? Since the Revolution, indeed, France has learned more than she has taught of actuality. Her most daring adventurers have seemed academicians when compared to Ibsen and Huxley, Haeckel and Nietzsche. "GEQRGE MERI-: n11"n," more

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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 699g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236941470
  • 9781236941473