A Book of Modern Essays

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CASTLES IN SPAIN*

JOHN GALSWORTHY

(Material progress in America was always for George F. Babbitt a theme for admiring comment. There are many who take a similar attitude. To them our bath tubs, telephones, automobiles, and skyscrapers are evidences of a superiority of culture. To be so preoccupied with material things as to be blind to all personal values seems to have been a characteristic of the majority in other generations than ours:

The world is too much with us: late and soon Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:

But there is at least one respect in which the present generation is in greater danger than former ones. The era of machines and of quantity production has taken away what was formerly for many men their chief source of personal satisfaction: the craftsman's pride in his work. There are thus two sides to our progress, and the problem of freeing man from this new enslavement. Different men have advocated different solutions. It is in keeping with Mr. Galsworthy's temperament that he sees in mankind's instinct for beauty the saving factor. The reader will perceive a close relationship in theme between this essay and Ideals and Day Dreams, and also The Politics of Martha and of Mary.

John Galsworthy was born in Surrey, in 1867, of an old Devonshire family. He was educated at Harrow and Oxford; studied law and was admitted to the Bar in 1890. Not being required to make money, because of his father's situation, and having no

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From The Yale Review, October, 1921.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction v
  • Contents ix
  • "Highbrow" and "Lowbrow" 1
  • What is a Puritan? 17
  • Portrait of a Family 45
  • The Norwegian Migration to America 63
  • The West and American Ideals 79
  • The Once Open Road 101
  • Sentimental America 113
  • Louisiana: (Madame de la Louisiane) 127
  • Fez 141
  • The Rhythm of Life 147
  • Summer 153
  • On an Unknown Country 161
  • Ideals and Day-Dreams 169
  • Castles in Spain 187
  • Science and the Faith of the Modern 201
  • On Friendship 219
  • A Relic 225
  • The Cheerful Breakfast Table 235
  • Conversation 249
  • Trivia 259
  • On Jargon 265
  • Names Practical and Poetic 285
  • The American Language 297
  • What the American Rhodes Scholar Gets from Oxford 321
  • Literary Taste 339
  • Dickens 347
  • The Vicar of Wakefield 365
  • Don Quixote 373
  • The Novel Démeublé 389
  • The Politics of Martha and of Mary 397
  • Autumn Tints in Chivalry 419
  • Index of Authors 431
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