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June 1944

The Pleasures of Reading

Intellectual stimulus, philosophical fortification and wholesome distraction will be found in a collection of three books, superficially diverse but having a common denominator, published in a compact volume as part of The Modern Library under the title of The Consolation of Philosophy. The first book which bears the title of the volume, was written by Boethius, a Roman office-holder of the fourth century and philosopher by avocation. His discourses are agreeably set forth in the form of a dialogue with Lady Philosophy. The second book is The Imitation (or the following) of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis, technically a man of the cloister but soon adopted by the world as a meditative poet and mystical psychologist. No greater inspiration for those who would "go home again" has ever been written.

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