Classics and Commercials: A Literary Chronicle of the Forties

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CLASSICS AND advertisements ARCHIBALD MACLEISH AND THE Mr. Archibald MacLeish, in his new of Congress, has abruptly taken a flip tonishing even to these who've observe position of Librarian which has to be as- his earlier occupation. In a speech sooner than the yankee organization for grownup schooling, which has been prominently mentioned within the New newspapers and revealed through the Repuhlic in factor its he has declared that the warfare novels of such writers as John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway (to identify in basic terms the americans mentioned), of their railing opposed to "the statements of conviction, of objective and of trust on which the warfare of one 914-18 used to be fought,'* have of June left identity, the more youthful new release "defenseless opposed to an whose cynicism, whose brutality and whose said inten- tion to enslave current the problem of the longer term in phrases — and by way of conviction Mr. MacLeish, trying belief/' ethical with out, says "judge those to enemy writers,'* and confessing that he himself at one time indulged the same Dos impulse, he sternly insists that and corporate "must face the Passos, undeniable fact that the wrote within the years simply after the conflict Hemingway books they have performed extra to disarm democracy within the face of fascism than the other unmarried influence/* Now, within the MacLeish first to quote, as position, it really is he does, passages describing the emotions of characters in novels means evidently absurd for Mr. by means of Dos Passos and Heming- as facts of the authors' personal loss of convictions or AND ads CLASSICS four of an inclination in their books to "disarm democracy. " If something will be simple to a reader of Dos Passos, it's the proven fact that ethical ideas play a extra critical half in his paintings than the other very important American novelist and that his sympathies are passionately democratic. And if whatever can be simple to a reader of Hemingway, it's the indisputable fact that he's continually preoccupied with beliefs of gallantry and honor, and is pugnacious in that of virtually nearly to the purpose of insanity. Neither Dos Passos nor Henri Barbusse, by way of Mr. MacLeish, has ever asserted or believed as Mr. MacLeish publicizes they've got, ''that not anything males can positioned into phrases is worthy battling for''; however the clash during which Dos Passos and Barbusse have been in the course of the years of worldwide battle i used to be the struggle at the exertions entrance. one of many first issues that Barbusse did after the conflict was once to submit an intransigent radical tract known as Le Couteau entre les Dents which used to be definitely a ''statement of conviction, of objective and of belief,*' if any has ever existed. Barbusse turned a militant Left journalist and remained one as much as his dying. yet Mr. MacLeish, who's now so desirous to struggle, takes no account of this type of militancy. He sounds as though he had by no means heard of the category struggle, which additionally brought up has definitely, because the Bolshevist revolution, self felt in Nor can made our international because the basic, seismic it- clash. the writers pointed out through Mr.

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