A biography of an institution- Chautauqua- that typically American ""all out for culture"", which for all its astringency,...

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WE CALLED IT CULTURE

A biography of an institution- Chautauqua- that typically American ""all out for culture"", which for all its astringency, does not lack sympathy for the social and cultural phenomenon which begain in 1874 -- lasted a full half century- and met the needs of that rather naive era. Here, on the ""great free platform of democracy"" are the programs and performers who appeared:-music, drama, inspirational lectures which never failed to meet Chautauqua's virtuous duty to ""uplift"". Here too was William Jennings Bryan, colossus of the forum, his famous ""Prince of Peace""; the mechanics of bookings and contracts as conducted by the Lyceum bureaus, of travel and territories; the failure of the attempt at European expansion, and finally the end of the movement which was to have lasting after effects....A popular presentation which does not omit incidental, anecdotal detail. There is that large audience for nostalgic memoirs to whom the very name, Chautaugua, still carries significance.

Pub Date: Feb. 5, 1947

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1947