Books: Wessex and Louisiana

While the peoples of Europe turn to mass murder, training in the science of murder, or defense against it, intelligent U. S. citizens are becoming solemnly aware that the arts, scholarship and precious thought of the West are in their keeping.

For in Europe's desperate atmosphere the free life of the intelligence is suspended where it has not been crushed.

June 2 was the 100th birthday of the English novelist Thomas Hardy. Neither in the little old town of Dorchester, where he lived, worked and died, nor in London, where his ashes rest in Westminster Abbey, was this anniversary marked so impressively as...

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