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Randolph Silliman Bourne

(1886—1918)


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(1886–1918),

while a student at Columbia, from which he graduated in 1913, and during the remainder of his short life, established himself as a spokesman of his generation through his critical examination of American institutions, attacks on big-business civilization, and criticism of sentimental ideas in literature and elsewhere. His books, Youth and Life (1913), The Gary Schools (1916), and Education and Living (1917), show him to be a disciple of John Dewey although he felt pragmatism failed to direct a war-torn world. His pacifist articles were posthumously collected as Untimely Papers (1919), and his philosophical and critical views are summed up in The History of a Literary Radical (1920), edited by Van Wyck Brooks.

Subjects: Literature — Philosophy.


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