More, Paul Elmer

More, Paul Elmer,

1864–1937, American critic, educator, and philosopher, b. St. Louis. More taught Sanskrit and classical literature and then was a newspaper editor until 1914, after which he wrote and lectured. Associated with Irving BabbittBabbitt, Irving
, 1865–1933, American scholar, b. Dayton, Ohio. At Harvard as professor of French literature from 1912 until his death, he was a vigorous critic of romanticism, deprecating especially the influence of Rousseau on modern thought and art.
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 in the movement called the New Humanism, More became an authority on Greek philosophy. His major works are the Shelburne Essays (11 vol., 1904–21), The Greek Tradition (5 vol., 1921–31), and the New Shelburne Essays (3 vol., 1928–36).


See biography by A. H. Dakin (1960); study by F. X. Duggan (1967).

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More, Paul Elmer

(1864–1937) critic, philosopher; born in St. Louis, Mo. He was educated at Washington University (St. Louis), and Harvard. With Irving Babbitt he led the New Humanism movement, promoting a neo-Christian philosophy which, he claimed, continued the platonic tradition; his narrow and pedantic views provoked strong reactions from H. L. Mencken and many others. His principal essays on literature and philosophy were collected in The Greek Tradition (4 vols. 1917–27) and Shelburne Essays (11 vols. 1904–21).
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