Crane: The Poet as Hero

Anybody who knew Hart Crane will come away from his letters both depressed and relieved. I confess that I hope I shall not have to follow this despera

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Four years ago, on July 26, 1948, President Truman issued his Executive Order 9981, directing "as rapidly as possible" a policy establishing "equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin." This year, in the heat of another election, an accounting to the American people on the effectiveness, sincerity and execution of this directive seems in order since civil rights is a major issue in the campaign.   An Executive Order to wipe out, in our armed service what has been accepted as standard within military un

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The Art of Prose

A fine prose style, if we are veteran readers, and equal to it, affords one of the most delicious experiences in the whole world of art. It is so subt

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Sigmund Freud

Today, thanks to Freud, the man-on-the-street knows (to quote by an inaccurate memory from Punch) that, when he thinks a thing, the thing he thinks is not the thing he thinks he thinks, but only the thing he thinks he thinks he thinks. Fifty years ago, a girl who sprained her ankle on the eve of a long-looked-forward-to ball, or a man who suffered from a shrewish wife, could be certain of the neighbors’ sympathy; today the latter will probably decide that misfortune is their real pleasure.

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Sigmund Freud

W.H. Auden Sigmund Freud   October 6, 1952   Today, thanks to Freud, the man-on-the-street knows (to quote by an inaccurate memory from Punch) that, when he thinks a thing, the thing he thinks is not the thing he thinks he thinks, but only the thing he thinks he thinks he thinks. Fifty years ago, a girl who sprained her ankle on the eve of a long-looked-forward-to ball, or a man who suffered from a shrewish wife, could be certain of the neighbors’ sympathy; today the latter will probably decide that misfortune is their real pleasure.

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Why do so many books of literary detective-work, even when they are better authenticated, better written and more useful in their conclusions than Mrs

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Self-taught, Thomas Hardy knew a good deal about English poetry when, in his fifties, he laid the fictions by and returned to his first love. He was a

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Those who have seen Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi and the other big population centers of India and Asia, will appreciate as I appreciate the great dangers

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“You can hardly pick up a newspaper or a magazine these days,” President Truman recently said, “without seeing an expensive full-page advertisement de

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President Truman recently made a frontal attack on the current million-dollar advertising campaign of the private power interests. “You can hardly pic

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