"The most fundamental change in the intellectual life of the United States is the apparent shift from Biblical authority and religious sanctions to scientific and factual authority and sanctions."
"So, at any rate, Professor Hornell Hart, of Bryn Mawr College reads the signs...Two other investigators find evidence of a decline in dogma and a rise in the 'social gospel' as evidence of the humanist form of religion which Professor Hart sees foreshadowed by the morning sun."
In 1900 people wanted to know why men didn't like going to church...
British poet and literary critic Arthur Symons (1865 - 1945) remembered the time French poet Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896) was his house guest.
The 1921 book review of Paul Verlaine can be read here...
The 1917 publication of The life of Algernon Charles Swinburne, by Edmund Gosse caused much discussion in the literary world:
"A bombshell that struck literary England a little past that last mid-century has been re-echoing in the recently published 'Life of Algernon Charles Swinburne' by Edmund Gosse. The shell was the volume called 'Poems and Ballads' a cursory knowledge of which probably places it in many minds as one of the bad books of literature..."
Kate Douglas Wiggin recalled her childhood train ride in the 1840's in which she was able to have a chat with one of her favorite authors, Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870), as he traveled the United States on a reading tour.
" 'Of course, I do skip some of the very dull parts once and a while; not the short dull parts but the long ones.' He laughed heartily. 'Now that is something that I hear very little about' he said".
Wise words from the Victorians regarding the perils of bachelorhood:
"There is no tear shed for the old bachelor; there is no ready hand and kind heart to cheer him in his loneliness and bereavement..."
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From the same country that gave us Benny Hill came this remarkable invention that improved men's lives immeasurably.