Books: Over-Souled

THE LIFE or EMERSON—Van Wyck Brooks—Button ($3).

Like the cart before the horse, U. S. civilization seems to trundle awkwardly ahead of civilized Americans. Critic Brooks, who hopes and works for a different mode of progress, has shown in The Ordeal of Mark Twain and The Pilgrimage of Henry James, what happened to two horses who got in front of the cart. In his biography of Emerson he shows how a most inspirational civilizer hitched his own wagon, tried to hitch the U. S. juggernaut, to a...

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