DEAR MR. BURNETT,
I need not waste your time explaining why your letter of Septem-
ber 26th has waited so long. Overwork is the word. For the same
reason, I limit my answer to giving you two ideas about the work
of mine that you could include in your anthology: one is any extract
of any length you may wish from the enclosed lecture, Don Juan as
a European Figure; the other one is the chapter entitled "Dedicated
to Women"(ch. Vi of part II) of my book The World's Design
published in this country by George Allen and Unwin, and so far
not published, nor likely to be published in the U.S.A. It is very
likely to be available in the Library of Congress.
SALVADOR DE MADARIAGA
THIS AGE of ours has brought in the fashion of warlike women. The Russian Revolution began it. Isolated cases there always were-- women who, too spirited to be content with the possibilities of warfare which every healthy home affords, sallied forth in search of bellicose adventures. But this fashion of arraying hundreds and thousands of women in military uniform and teaching them how to shoot and destroy life--that life which they are meant to give--is new. And many women seem to like it.
Why is it so repellent? Why do we dislike the even less acute forms of the military tendency in women witnessed during the last War, when militant amazons went about hounding men of military age to the trenches and presenting white feathers to their countrymen at home, some of whom, for all they knew, might be more useful at home than thousands of soldiers in the field?
Let us dismiss all sentimentality about a subject which invites it
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Publication information: Book title: 105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry. Contributors: Whit Burnett - Editor. Publisher: Dial Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1950. Page number: 951.
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