A Book of Modern Essays

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WHAT THE AMERICAN RHODES SCHOLAR GETS FROM OXFORD*

FRANK AYDELOTTE

(The establishment of scholarships which permit students of one country to study in the universities of another is one of the hopeful signs of a growing friendliness among nations. Such an exchange is not only beneficial to higher education but should become increasingly potent as a factor in the maintenance of peace.

President Aydelotte's paper is an admirable summary of what English university life contains of value for Americans. The student should gain from the account an added sense of the possibilities of college life in contributing to the growth of individual strength. He will have pointed out to him anew the cultural influence of respect for fine, old traditions, and the enrichment of a broadened social contact. He will be interested to learn what sport means to an Oxford man. Moreover, he will gain a renewal of respect and tolerance for variation in individual living and thinking, whether of race, of creed, or of personality.

The author was formerly a Rhodes Scholar, and is now American Secretary to the Rhodes Trustees. After having held various professorial positions in American universities, he is now president of Swarthmore College.)

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From Scribner's Magazine, June, 1923.

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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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