FROM THE HEART OF EUROPE by F.O. Matthiessen

FROM THE HEART OF EUROPE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Not a travel book, this is a ""journal of opinions"", a record of what Matthiessen thought about during a half a year abroad, his views largely on education and politics. At a seminar given for European students in Salzburg intended to stimulate a freer intermingling of oultures, Matthiessen noted the tenor of the country (""inertness seems the norm""), the responses of his listeners, his- and their- thoughts on American literature, on American education today and academic freedom. Toward the end of these months abroad which took him to Paris, London, Prague, he formulates his own political philosophy, his ""left of center liberalism"" which sees in Wallace the hope for greater co-operation abroad, increased democracy at home, and what he defines as ""democratic socialism"".... The reflections of Harvard Professor and the authority on Henry James which present him also as a citizen of the world, this is of particular interest to his particular followers.

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 1948
Publisher: Oxford