The Standard Volume 5

The Standard Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...lost.... I think this fairly describes the frame of mind of a vast number of Americans of the younger generation. They find themselves born into a race that has drained away all its spiritual resources in the struggle to survive and that continues to struggle in the midst of plenty because life itself no longer possesses any other meaning. The gradual commercialization of all the professions, meanwhile, has all but entirely destroyed the possibility of personal growth along the lines that our society provides and, having provided, sanctions. Brought up as they have been to associate activity almost solely with material ends and unable in this overwhelmingly prosperous age to feel any powerful incentive to seek these ends, ... the more sensitive minds of the younger generation drift almost inevitably into a state of internal anarchism that finds outlet, where it finds outlet at all, in a hundred unproductive forms." There are some sweeping statements here. "Our literature has prepared no pathways for us: " this Mr. Brooks attempts to substantiate, and he does so by searching characterizations of our literary "leaders," including Winston Churchill, George Ade, Mrs. Wharton, Theodore Dreiser (1), Edgar Lee Masters; W. D. Howells, Paul Elmer More, Irving Babbitt, W. C. Brownell, George E. Woodberry, Stuart P. Sherman, William Lyon Phelps, J. L. Spingarn, Dr. Crothers, --aye even Professor Dewey and Pragmatism. Not only are his characterizations astute, but they are in the main just. As examples we may select two men of very different type. First, Mr. More: "His humane attitude cracks and crumbles so at the touch of life because it is based on a culture of the intellect that is not borne out by a corresponding culture of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123649833X
  • 9781236498335