Critic of Civilization: Georges Duhamel and His Writings L.Clark Keating

ISBN: 9780813152950

Published: July 15th 2014

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290 pages


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Critic of Civilization: Georges Duhamel and His Writings  by  L.Clark Keating

Critic of Civilization: Georges Duhamel and His Writings by L.Clark Keating
July 15th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 290 pages | ISBN: 9780813152950 | 3.43 Mb

As one of the outstanding minds of France, the career of George Duhamel reflects the universal range of his interests. A physician turned poet, playwright, novelist, publicist, critic, and world traveler, Duhamel for half a century has sought as aMoreAs one of the outstanding minds of France, the career of George Duhamel reflects the universal range of his interests.

A physician turned poet, playwright, novelist, publicist, critic, and world traveler, Duhamel for half a century has sought as a liberal humanist to defend the moral and aesthetic values of Western civilization against the encroachment of a dehumanizing machine age. Duhamel first achieved fame as a writer with two eloquent outcries against war in Vie des Martyrs and Civilisation, written while he was a front-line surgeon during World War I.

His later plays and novels continued to deal with the search of the individual for identity in contemporary life, especially in the Salavin series and the ten-volume Chronique des Pasquier, his outstanding works of fiction. Among the commentaries on other cultures arising from his travels, Duhamels scathing criticism of the United States in Scenes de la vie future aroused particular furor.

It is in Duhamels feeling for humanity, Mr. Keating believes, that one may discover the consistent pattern in Duhamels work, essentially the passionate reaction of a surgeon-artist to the cruelties of a war-torn world. In this critical biography of Duhamel as writer and thinker, Mr. Keating therefore relates all of Duhamels many-sided activities to his underlying purpose-to find a path for individual happiness in the complexities of contemporary life.



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