Crowds

A Moving-Picture of Democracy

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Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 174,877 / 486 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 394
Added to site: 2005.05.07
mnybks.net#: 10285
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Essays

On the title page Mr. Lee calls his book "a moving picture of democracy." It is made up of a series of brief essay son tendencies of the times grouped into five books: Crowds and machines; Letting the crowd be good; Letting the crowd be beautiful; Crowds and heroes; Good news and hard work. The author has faith in the future and can write exultingly of the glories of a machine age.

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. Wells, with his retorts, his experiments about him, his pots and kettles of humanity in a great stew of steam, half-hopeful, half-dismayed, mixing up his great, new, queer messes of human nature; and (when I could look up again) G.K. Chesterton, divinely swearing, chanting, gloriously contradicting, rolled lustily through the wide, sunny spaces of His Own Mind; and Bernard Shaw (all civilization trooping by), the eternal boy, on the eternal curbstone of the world, threw stones; and the Bishop of Birmingham preached a fine, helpless sermon....

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When a new American, coming from his own big, hurried, formless, speechless country, finds himself in what he had always supposed to be this trim, arranged, grown-up, articulate England, and when, thrust up out of the ground in Trafalgar Square, he finds himself looking at that vast yellow mist of people, that vast bewilderment of faces, of the poor, of the rich, coming and going they cannot say where--he naturally thinks

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