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The Stammering Century [Signed By The Author]

Seldes, Gilbert

Published by The John Day Company, New York, 1928
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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xviii, 414 pp, about the author, list of b&w illustrations, a note on method, Part I: 1. The Stammering Century; 2. A Stormer of Heaven; 3. Times of Refreshing; 4. Gasper River; 5. The New Eden; 6. And the Old Adam; 7. Winners of Souls; 8. A Messianic Murderer; 9. The New Soul; 10. The Perfect Cmmunist; 11. Reformer and Radical; 12. An Apostle of the Newness; 13. Sweetness and Light; 14. A Saint; 15. The Winsome Heart; 16. A Moral Hijacker; 17. Some Women Reformers. Part II: 18. "The Coming of the Prophets"; 19. The Forerunners; 20. The Business of Prophecy; 21.The Good News from Rochester; 22. Northbound Horses; 23. The Path to Nothing; 24. Christian Science; 25. The Kingdom of God in Chicago; 26. The Complex of Redicalism; sources, index. Tipped-in Review Copy Prepared for Release Card: September 6, 1928. Tipped-in Letter and Inscription on ffep Signed By The Author. "This book is concerned with minor movements, with the cults and manias of the nineteenth century. Its personages are fanatics, and radicals, and mountebanks. Its intention is to connect these secondary movements and figures with the primary forces of the century, and to supply a background in American history for the cults and manias of our own time: the Prohibitionists and Pentecostalists; the diet-faddists, and dealers in mail-order Personality; the play-censors, and Fundamentalists, and Point Loma theosophists; the free-lovers and eugenists; the cranks and possibly, the saints. Sects, cults, manias, movements, fads, religious excitements, and the relation of each of these to the others and to the orderly progress of American in the past hundred years are the subject matter. 'While Seldes is not above making fun of his subjects. more often he exerts himself to understand their beliefs in the context of their time. He takes an intellectual s rather than a satirist s interest in human folly; what interests him is the subtlety with which ideas are developed and justified by thinkers more than the intrinsic merits of the ideas themselves. But the ultimate significance of all these eccentrics lay not in their ability to dupe the educated classes with idealist fantasies but in their ability to awaken a material critique' (Evan Kindley)." from A Note on Method and Evan Kindley's NYRB review of the 2012 reissue. Minor edge wear to top and bottom spine edge with partially rubbed gilt lettering spine, and lightly age-toned text block edges, else, Pristine Interior. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Size: Large 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 000942

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Title: The Stammering Century [Signed By The Author...

Publisher: The John Day Company, New York

Publication Date: 1928

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition.

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