Leisure: The Rise of Mass Culture

In the midst of a seven-day visit to the U.S., France's Andre Malraux stopped off in Manhattan last week and delivered a remarkable speech in which he eloquently expanded the crucial role of culture in the long fight for the freedom of man. Famed novelist (Man's Fate), art critic (The Voices of Silence) and now France's first Minister of Cultural Affairs, Malraux sharply challenged those artists and intellectuals who see in the advent of modern mass culture only an artistic blight.

He began with a sweeping declaration: ''The word civilized is opposed to...

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