In a sense this is a sequel to the enchanting Personal Equation, published in 1948 by Norton, and to that extent is another...

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EDUCATION OF A HUMANIST

In a sense this is a sequel to the enchanting Personal Equation, published in 1948 by Norton, and to that extent is another autobiographical panel. But here we meet M. Guerard, the teacher, in an autobiographical record of his intellectual growth and mental development. He has taught in America from 1906 to 1946; this is his summing up. ""It is a teacher's book"" he says- and by that he means it is a great teacher accounting for the forces and ideas of philosophy, literature, history, politics and those experiences which have contributed to the ""education of a humanist"". This is a history of a man learning about men. It is not an easy task -- but surely a worthwhile one as Guerard conceives it. For all the multitude of subjects, the variety of interests, the complexities of ideas and their development, the book is done on a level of interchange between author and reader that makes it stimulating reading, of interest not because it is one man's story, but because it encompasses modern man and all that makes him what he is. There's something of the inspiring quality of Sugrue's Stranger in the Earth. An urbane, charming book, to be savored and appreciated, a bit at a time.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1949