The Amateur Spirit

The Amateur Spirit

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The Amateur Spirit

The Amateur Spirit

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The half dozen essays that are printed in this volume have sufficient unity, I hope, to justify their publication as a book. The emotions of the author who discovers that he has produced a treatise when he intended only a series of essays may be likened to the surprise of the child who observes that his blocks, piled almost at random, make something that looks like a castle after all. My castle is indeed but a modest one. Yet the essays which make up this volume have all been written, I find, with some reference to the central theme: namely, the significance of the amateur spirit in carrying forward the daily work of our modern world. I have endeavored to illustrate from many fields--from sports and politics, from science and letters--the possibility of combining the professional's skill with the zest and enthusiasm of the amateur.

The first essay is devoted to that general theme. The study of Indifferentism approaches . . .

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