REFLECTIONS ON THE WORLD TODAY by Paul Valery

REFLECTIONS ON THE WORLD TODAY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The reflections of a prominent poet, little known in this country save for Monsieur Teste (Knopf), collected from his occasional writings from 1895 on. These are the thoughts of a speculative spectator who witnessed what he termed the ""new age of the finite world"", as he interprets the variables in our conceptions of history, liberty, progress, freedom of mind; the idea of dictatorship; America, where some of the best in Europe was projected and preserved; the contradictory images of France- the ""great and multiple differences"" she combines; Paris, the ""most complete"" city in the world; the future of literature, etc. Papers which reveal both philosophical penetration and flexibility of interpretation. One questions whether his name carries beyond a limited sphere of intellectuals.

Pub Date: May 21st, 1948
Publisher: Pantheon