Books

Intelligence and Power
April 25, 1934

Those who contend that intelligence is capable of exercising a significant role in social affairs and that it would be well if it had a much larger in

Intellect or Religion?
September 14, 1932

To us today George Eliot must present a biographical and not a critical problem. The question of why her work has lost relevance and charm has been pr

Lady Chatterly's Lover
July 03, 1929

I believe, in fact, that in “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” Lawrence has written the best descriptions of sexual experience which have yet been done in Eng

Towards a Rational Modernism
April 25, 1928

Is there some fundamental canon of judgment which will give modernism in design a firm base to stand on? If such a base is lacking, we will only subst

Ibsen the Romantic
March 27, 1928

With Ibsen as with Beethoven the beauty comes not from the tunes, but from the way they are used and are worked into the joints of the action.

Education Without Sex Taboos
November 16, 1927

Children should not at any age be taught that certain parts of the body are peculiar. Questions about sexual matters must be answered in the same tone

Recent Fiction
July 07, 1926

Banzai, by John Paris, New York: Boni and Liveright. $2.50. The author, at one time attached to the British embassy in Tokyo and writing under the name of John Paris, knows well certain phases of Japanese life. In Banzai he indicates his familiarity with geisha and yoshiwara problems, with student life and restaurants. But Banzai is much more trivial than the author’s previous novels of Japanese life, Kimono and Sayonara.

The Twin Pillars
July 07, 1926

Pushkin, by Prince D. S. Mirsky. New York: E. P. Dutton and Company. 266 pages. $2.50. Gogol, by Janko Lavrin. New York: E. P. Dutton and Company. 263 pages. $2.50. The Republic of Letters series, under the editorship of Dr. William Rose, was recently inaugurated with Mr. Aldington’s admirable study of the life and genius of Voltaire.

A Lyrical Biography
July 07, 1926

Joan of Arc, by Joseph Delteil. Translated from the French by Malcolm Cowley. New York: Minton, Batch and Company. 268 pages. $3. There are many kinds of biography in these days of its vogue: one might almost say that Joan of Arc has been subjected to them all. There is the factual volume of Michelet from whose “excellent formula there is lacking the obscure part of God”; there is the sturdy attack of Anatole France and the glowing defense of Andrew Lang. There is Mark Twain’s imaginative romance based on twelve years’ accumulation of facts; there is Mr.

New England in the Republic
July 07, 1926

New England in the Republic, 1776-1850, by James Truslow Adams. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. 438 pages. $5. With this volume Mr. Adams completes his trilogy on the destiny of that corner of our country in which physiographical, psychological, political and moral influences combined to produce and to perpetuate for two ‘and a half centuries the most pronounced, self-conscious example of sectionalism in our history. I use the word trilogy in a more specific sense than the designation of a three-volume work merely, for there is in Mr.

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