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George McLean Harper

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Matthew Arnold and the Zeit-Geist

One winter afternoon, during my undergraduate days, when fields were dank and ways were mire, I consoled myself for the loss of a walk, "what might be won from the hard season gaining," by reading for the first time Matthew Arnold's "I [...]

Mars’ Hill and the Parthenon

Imagine two young travellers gaining their first view of Athens. Both are thoroughly and perhaps typically American, in that their knowledge is vague, their ideas about history and art are not coordinated, their ethical sense is more highly developed [...]