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Observations on Life, Literature, and Learning in America


reviewed by Paul Carter 1962

coverTitle: Observations on Life, Literature, and Learning in America
Author(s): H. Peyre
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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In an address to the freshman class at Yale in 1954, Henri Peyre, a distinguished member of the Yale faculty since 1959, observed, "It is in troubled times and days of anxiety that the best minds should strive for serene contemplation, for lucid and orderly thinking, for beauty, harmony and wisdom." The present volume, which reprints thirteen of Professor Peyre's published articles and speeches, strikingly reveals his success in practicing what he preaches. For whether he is addressing Yale undergraduates or the Modern Language Association, or writing on comparative literature or education, he is "man thinking" in the best sense of Emerson's concept and of his own observation to the freshmen. And his thought is a provocative expression of a humanism which uses the past to challenge and to chart the future. Believing that "Education is, along with religion, the most potent means for changing man" and that "changing man is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 63 Number 7, 1962, p. 570-570
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3127, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 7:19:10 AM

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