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Batt, James R. (ed.) / Wisconsin Academy review
Volume 20, Number 2 [3] (Summer 1974)

Book reviews,   pp. 38-40


Page 40


The Blooming of a Generation
A  SECOND    FLOWERING:
WORKS AND DAYS OF THE
LOST GENERATION by Mal-
colm Cowley; The Viking Press,
New York, 1973. 275 pp. $7.95.
  The Lost Generation was fortu-
nate in its early days not to have a
corps of press agents to ballyhoo
the accomplishments of its mem-
bers before they had a chance to
assimilate the experience that was
so vital to their later artistic devel-
opment. That same Lost Genera-
tion is fortunate to have a memo-
rialist like Malcolm Cowley to pre-
serve a set of remembrances that
give us a candid look at Ameri-
ca's most talented literary genera-
tion since the flowering of New
England writers in the mid-nine-
teenth century.
  This volume, successor to the
author's Exile's Return, published
nearly forty years earlier, adds
more perspective to the experience
that has since been romanticized
as Paris in the T w e n t i e s. The
names of Cowley's contemporar-
ies are familiar-Fitzgerald, Hem-
ingway, Dos Passos, Cummings,
Hart Crane, Faulkner, Wilder,
and Thomas Wolfe. All were born
between 1894 and 1900. Cowley
contends that, as a generation,
they were more lucky than lost-
born at the right time to be ex-
posed to the right kind of educa-
tion, to have survived the First
World War, to have had their
professional reputations establish-
ed before the Depression, and, fi-
nally, to have died at the right
time, before 1965 when a new gen-
eration appeared on the scene
"with its leaders and spokesmen,
its costumes, its music, its new
style of life, and moving with
disciplined indiscipline toward a
general assault on the fathers."
  The members of the Lost Gen-
eration were part of a literary
brotherhood and they are fortu-
nate to have a sensitive and per-
ceptive Boswell in Malcolm Cow-
ley. He knew them in their mo-
ments of glory and often in the
throes of self-doubt. He helps us
to understand more about their
personal ambitions and idiosyn-
crasies, more about what moti-
vated them to write the singular
works they produced. -AH.
     Received and Noted
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HU-
MOR: THEORETICAL PER-
SPECTIVES AND EMPIRICAL
ISSUES, edited by Jeffrey H.
Goldstein and Paul E. McGhee;
Academic Press, New York and
London, 1972. 294 pp. $11..95.
REFLECTIONS ON THE
CAUSES OF HUMAN MISERY:
AND UPON CERTAIN PROPOS-
ALS TO ELIMINATE THEM,
by Barrington Moore, Jr.; Beacon
Press, Boston, 1972. 201 pp.
$7.95.
EXISTENTIALISM AND CREA-
TIVITY, by Mitchell Bedford,
Philosophical Library, New York,
1972. 376 pp. $12.50.
DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN
PHILOSOPHY, by St. Elmo Nau-
man, Jr.; Philosophical Library,
New York, 1973. 273 pp. $10.00.
HANDBOOK OF REASON, by
Dagobert D. Runes; Philosophical
Library, New York, 1972.
200 pp. $6.00.
ASPECTS OF SOCIOLOGY, by
the Frankfurt Institute for Social
Research; Beacon Press, Boston,
1972. 210 pp. $9.95.
HUMAN SEXUALITY: CON-
TEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES,
edited by Eleanor S. Morrison
and Vera Borosage; National
Press Books, Palo Alto, Calif.,
1973. 431 pp. $5.95.
COMPARATIVE MORPHOLOGY
OF THE MAMMALIAN OVARY,
by Harland W. Mossman and
Kenneth L. Duke; The University
of Wisconsin Press, Madison,
1973. 461 pp. $25.00.
MAN OF THE WOODS, by
Herbert F. Keith; Syracuse Uni-
versity Press / The Adirondack
Museum, Syracuse, N. Y., 1972.
164 pp. $7.95.
SELECTED POEMS: MIGUEL
HERNANDES AND BLAS DE
OTERO, ed. by Timothy Baland
and Hardie St. Martin; Beacon
Press, Boston, 1972. 267 pp.
$2.95.
THE PIRANDELIAN MODE IN
SPANISH LITERATURE: FROM
CERVANTES TO SASTRE, by
William Newberry; State Univer-
sity of New York Press, Albany,
1973. 227 pp. $10.00.
THE EARLY FRENCH NOVEL-
LA: AN ANTHOLOGY OF FIF-
TEENTH- AND SIXTEENTH-
CENTURY TALES, edited and
translated by Patricia Francis
Cholakian and Rouben Charles
Cholakian; State University of
New York Press, Albany, 1972.
244 pp.
FAMILY LETTERS OF ROB-
ERT AND ELINOR FROST,
edited by Arnold Grade; State Uni-
versity of New York Press, Al-
bany, N. Y., 1972. 293 pp. $9.95.
PRESENTNESS, by Ross and
Martha Snyder; Abingdon Press,
Nashville, 1974. 79 pp. $3.75.
CONFRONTATION AT
WORMS: MARTIN LUTHER
AND THE DIET OF WORMS,
by De Lamar Jensen; Brigham
Young University Press, Provo,
1973. 119 pp.
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Coming in the September REVIEW...
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         ' wMathias Schwalbach: Master Mechanic, Inventor,
            and Tower Clock Maker" by Joseph G. Baier
  * 'A One-Eyed Glimpse of the Garden"
       by Gretchen Holstein-Schoff
       * "The Wisconsin Humanities Committee:
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         * The Dictionary of American Regional English:
            A Progress Report" by Frederick G. Cassidy


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