By F. Guzzardi
The new edition of Huneker’s book that saw his first appearance in 1909, is wholly devoted to those modern poets, philosophers and prose masters whose writings embody the individualistic idea as opposed to altruistic and socialistic sentiments. Amply discussed are Stendhal, whose cult, recently revived on the Continent, is steadily growing; Maurice Barres, French Academician; Anatole France, blithe pagan and delicious ironist; Max Stimer, the forerunner of Nietzsche; The mystics, Ernest Hello new to American readers and William Blake.
Much new historical material can be found in the studies of Charles Baudelaire and Gustave Flaubert. The hitherto unpublished letter of the novelist, along with an original page proof of “Madame Bovary,” corrected by his own hand, will prove of interest to his admirers. That brilliant virtuoso of the French language, J. K. Huysmans, forms the subject of a chapter, while certain phases of Nietzsche, including his famous published biography, “Ecce Homo”, and Ibsen dramas, are also subjects of discussion.
Altogether the book represents the most mature critical and analytical thought of the author applied to some of the most interesting literary characters in the modern Europe of 1909.
This new edition of the book by James Huneker, reminds us what were the cultural movements of the early twentieth century in Europe. Published by Hoffmann & Hoffmann in versions, digital, hardcover and softcover, for sale in the whole world as well as in Amazon. It is a collector’s book, to be left to the next generations, maybe they will understand the reasons for our successes and our failures, just as we have been inspired for the most part by these great characters, to these superman of art, who knew make our life sweeter, helping us to survive.