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Charles Beard

Books That Changed Their Minds

What were the most influential books over the years 1910 to 1940? Hold on, you’ll have a chance to answer in a bit. In late 1938, The New Republic began running a feature, edited by Malcolm Cowley, in their books section on “Books that Changed Our Minds.” Cowley was inspired by a prior TNR symposium on US fiction that had been published the year before as After the Genteel Tradition: American Writers Since 1910. The scope of this new series was much the same—“works of the last thirty or forty years”—only restricted to nonfiction. The criterion for selection was “works… Read more