Spring 1964 • Vol. XXVI No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1964 |

A Sling against Goliath

The Myth Of The Britannica by Harvey Einbinder. Grove Press. $7.50. This is much more than an attack on the Encyclopaedia Britannica. It is also a collection of anecdotes of intellectual history—for instance, scholarly myths and misconceptions, the changing pruderies and sentimentalisms of the Western mind. It is also a very interesting history of an institution. The Encyclopaedia Britannica began twenty years after the French Encyclopédie, in avowed imitation of that, and equally dedicated to "utility"; which meant long accounts of the crafts and nothing about the humanities. "Drama" got seven lines, "Book-keeping" 50 pages. Its first editions were typical products of eighteenth-century Edinburgh, aiming to bring the rational new science and the traditional folk crafts into fruitful reciprocation. But during the first half of the nineteenth century it became more English, respectable, conservative, and literary, though its most remarkable articles were still in the field

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