Books: Strenuous Life

SAILOR ON HORSEBACK—Irving Stone—Houghton Mifflin ($3).

Theodore Roosevelt characterized his age when he preached the virtues of the strenuous life. To later students, that period looks more like a hyperthyroid era of American history—an era marked by strident praise of action for the sake of action, when Richard Harding Davis was reporting breathless adventures in South America, Roosevelt I was hunting in Africa, and an inclusive, optimistic belief in the value of a he-man-diet of sleeping under the stars, and spending hours in the saddle suffused popular literature.

Laureate of the hyperthyroid era was...

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