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London: Allen & Unwin, 1916. Pp. 302. 1

The New Statesman,7 (1 July 1916) 309-10

The title of this book is misleading. There is no reason why Dr. Sarolea should not publish a volume of essays on various figures of French history and letters from Montaigne to Raymond Poincaré; but they are not sufficiently bound together by the panegyric on the French genius which forms the introduction and the close. “The French Renascence” apparently refers to contemporary France, but one finds essays on Pascal, Madame de Maintenon, Rousseau, Mirabeau, Robespierre, Marie Antoinette. 2 The historical essays are too slight to demand mention, except the rather interesting “Napoleon as a Socialist”; the literary studies are platitudinous. We do not know how the news that Bergson was the father of Pragmatism will be received in America: but the essay on Bergson and the essay on Maeterlinck are quite worth reading. 3

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