By J. Gossman
Revered by way of his friends and highly winning the world over in his personal time, André Maurois is now rarely learn. average and conciliatory in every thing, together with his literary variety, he appealed to the proficient reader of his time, yet did these very traits hinder him from reaching lasting contrast and effect?
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351, no. 4444 (January 1937): 413–415. Churchill was again presented in an extremely favourable light and his strength and determination contrasted with the suspicion in traditional British conservative circles of his “dictatorial” tendencies and “hot-headedness” in a review of Clare Boothe’s Europe in the Spring (New York: Knopf, 1940) in The Saturday Review (14 September 1940, p. 5). Maurois’ review of a biography of Churchill by René Krauss (Philadelphia: Lipincott, 1940), also in The Saturday Review (9 November 1940, p.
1, pp. 169–173; on Gertrude Stein, see Maurois, Études américaines (New York: Éditions de la Maison Française, 1945), pp. 9–19; Céline, Maurois declared, was “a new writer of great talent,” and the novel, “while not a masterpiece” was “very strange and very original” (cited in New York Times, 22 April 1934). André Maurois, The Edwardian Era, trans. Hamish Miles (New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1933), pp. 126, 228–229. “The Absolute in the Relative,” in A Private Universe (as in note 2 above), pp.
0005 III The Middle Road Abstract: Having had to run the family business for a time, Maurois the writer and intellectual could see different sides of most issues. He recognized the value of practice as well as principle, action as well as reflection, tradition as well as innovation. He was on easy terms with politicians and military men as well as poets. On all topics he adopted a moderate stance and aimed to keep an open mind. A quintessential liberal, he disliked and feared excessive systematizing and dogmatic extremes; he admired the English because he saw in them the embodiment of his own sceptical empiricism and preference for adaptation and tolerance.