Washington University Record Volume 15-16

Washington University Record Volume 15-16

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...as it could its office of transcribing the record of the great and intricate social agitation. The new industrial processes have been responsible for new political and social emancipations. The portion of modern literature which clearly recognizes this fact and perceives the connection between economics and ethics may be comprehensively described as socialistic. It is my belief that there would be no further protest against the assertion of the socialist conviction in literature were it not for the illogical rashness of the socialists themselves. Socialism is in reality far more acceptable to our sense of justice than the socialist in the concrete is to our sense of fitness. Socialism looks into the future and hopefully declares the coming workingman to be the representative man; whereas the socialist in the flesh is apt to point to himself and to pronounce himself the man of the future for whose immediate accommodation the whole world should be made over on the spot. At all events, the theory of socialism is the principal element of modernity in our contemporary literature, since it brings to a focus those many unmistakable trends of liberal thought and humane sentiment. It is not entirely clear why the incorrigible standpatter should be so determined to deny to liberalism the right to seek its expression through the medium of literature. He should be willing to let literature serve as a species of safety-valve for society and to let any kind of Utopian theory be carried experimentally to its logical ultimates, and frequently to its own defeat, under the artificial guise of reality. To his own pet theories and obsessions the same safety-valve is open. The printing press is free from prejudice and favoritism and will work with the same...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236741986
  • 9781236741981