THE SPIRIT OF MAN by Whit-Ed. Burnett


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. . . may be a bastion of faith or a prison of loneliness. Testaments and short stories and essays by Pearl Buck, George Santayana, W. Somerset Maugham, Thomas Wolfe, D.H. Lawrence, Graham Greene and many others invoke the questing, mercurial, vacillating, transcendent states man knows in being, sharing, daring, doing, living, feeling and wondering. Man in search of his various grails -- of conquest, of renunciation, of life after death, is ably summarized by well known spokesmen:- Albert Schweitzer, Heywood Broun; William James; Sherwood Anderson and Thomas Merton. There are moods of affirmation -- Helen Keller's; of despair -- Thomas Wolfe's; of isolation and self-discovery in John Howard Griffin's recovery of sight after a decade of blindness,- Is This What It Means To See? And an acerbic little parable by Heywood Broun, The Fifty First Dragon. An anthology of familiar names ruminate for a philosophic market on the soul and its states.

Pub Date: March 7th, 1958
Publisher: Hawthorne