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New York: G.P. Putnams Sons, 1941. First edition. Original blue-green cloth, gilt, and pictorial dust jacket. Odell Shepards copy, with a second volume a salesmans dummy, bound just like the above copy, with the frontis, title, the first 16 pages, and about 100 blank leaves. Essays on Babbitt by various writers, including an essay by T.S. Eliot, its first appearance in a book. Both volumes heavily annotated by the co-editor, Odell Shepard - several notes in his hand laid in, along with a letter from Babbitts wife. Shepard (1884-1967) studied under Babbitt (1865-1933) at Harvard. He repeatedly makes the point in his annotations that he admired Babbitt and received priceless mentoring from him but despised his conservative opinions. And, he notes his agreements or disagreements with several of the essays. A summary of Babbitts major beliefs: respect for tradition, personal responsibility, moral restraint, democracy is only good if the leadership is good those who choose leaders must be well educated. Babbitt saw two major defects of modern culturescientific positivism and the woolly-minded humanitarianism (James Tuttleton, review of Nevins Irving Babbitt in The New Criterion, November, 1985). Babbitts world view is celebrated today by such organizations as The Imaginative Conservative, an online journal for those who seek the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. Some rubbing to cloth, dust soiling, the jackets chipped at spine ends, but the colors are bright. Very Good copies.
Title: Irving Babbitt: Man and Teacher.
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