The English: Are They Human? 1931 G.J. Renier ~Arthur Hawkins, Jr.


Title: The English: Are They Human?

Author: G. J. [Gustaaf Johannes] Renier
Illustrator: Mendoza; Arthur Hawkins, Jr.

Description: Scarce First American edition, 1931. Buff colored cloth with burgundy lettering on spine and double-rules on covers. Speckled fading on front board. A few pages show very light soiling, else internally clean and unmarked. Rare Arthur Hawkins, Jr. illustrated dust jacket. DJ shows some scuffs on spine and some slight general soiling; lightly chipped at spine ends and corners; not price clipped ($2.50); in an archival mylar sleeve. pp. xvii, 304.

''A wittily malicious study of the England and the English... an attack on the Englishman's calm assumption that everything English is the best in the world and that the foreigner must share his opinion. To this he retorts that the Englishman is sexually repressed... that his legal system is a tangle; that, while justice is incorruptible it is too full of class prejudice to be impartial and is cruelly harsh in its punishment; and that the Englishman goes through life as though each of its movements were part of a prescribed and solemn ritual.

He has observed that most Londoners live out of London, that English food is bad; that Englishmen have a sense of humor but no sense of comic... that their architecture is a laughing stock to the world; that education counts for little because intelligence itself is not esteemed.'' The final conclusion answers his question in the negative.

Gustaaf Johannes Renier (1892-1962) was professor of Dutch History at University College London.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good

Publisher: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith
Place: New York
Year: 1931

Keywords: Arthur Hawkins, Arthur Hawkins Jr,

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