Religion: Jesus: A Myth

Few scholars will deny that Georg Morris Cohen Brandes was the "leading literary critic of the north of Europe" in the last quarter of the 19th Century. The sage of Copenhagen had a brilliant pen. It squirmed prolifically. In bold, lucid strokes it told of Henrik Ibsen, Anatole France, Willian Shakespeare. Once it launched out into four stupendous volumes; the Main Streams in Literature of the Nineteenth Century appeared. Mr Brandes annoyed some, inspired others, informed all.

Now the critic, philosopher, aesthete is 84. His octogenarian pen has finished probably its last great squirm. With critical prods it investigated the life and...

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