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The Pentecost of Calamity

The Pentecost of Calamity by Owen Wister
By: (1860-1938)

Nonfiction. Appalled by the savagery of World War I, Owen Wister in 1915 published an attempt to move the United States out of neutrality into joining the Allies against Germany. His aim was the quicker defeat of that nation. (Wister: “the new Trinity of German worship – the Super-man, the Super-race, and the Super-state.”) He was but one of many literary personages who joined in this effort. A moving quote: “Perhaps nothing save calamity will teach us what Europe is thankful to have learned again – that some things are worse than war, and that you can pay too high a price for peace; but that you cannot pay too high for the finding and keeping of your own soul.”

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THE PENTECOST OF CALAMITY

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY NEW YORK · BOSTON · CHICAGO · DALLAS ATLANTA · SAN FRANCISCO

MACMILLAN & CO., LIMITED LONDON · BOMBAY · CALCUTTA MELBOURNE

THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD. TORONTO

THE PENTECOST OF CALAMITY

By OWEN WISTER Author of "The Virginian," etc.

New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1915

All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT, 1915, BY THE CURTIS PUBLISHING COMPANY.

COPYRIGHT, 1915, BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

Set up and electrotyped. Published August, 1915. Reprinted September, twice, October, twice, November, three times; December, 1915

Norwood Press J. S. Cushing Co. Berwick & Smith Co. Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

THE PENTECOST OF CALAMITY

Ever the fiery Pentecost Girds with one flame the countless host.

EMERSON.

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By various influences and agents the Past is summoned before us, more vivid than a dream. The process seems as magical as those whereof we read in fairy legends, where circles are drawn, wands waved, mystic syllables pronounced... Continue reading book >>


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