Winter 1945 • Vol. VII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1945 |

Careers without Careerism

A Century Of Hero-Worship by Eric Russell Bentley. J. B. Lippincott. $3.50. This book is about a literary and artistic movement which the author has labelled "Heroic Vitalism." Heroic Vitalism is, in brief, the cult of the Superman, the exceptional mortal whom Nicholas Berdyaev would call the man-god, in contrast with the religious cult of a God incarnate, the God-man. Indeed, readers of Mr. Bentley's book might well profit by considering, at the same time, the Berdyaev book on Dostoevsky, in which the dialectic of man-god vs. God-man is traced at some length. Conversely, readers of that overly spiritual study would profit greatly by considering, at the same time, A Century of Hero-Worship, with its more materialist, pragmatist, positivist leanings. The notice on the dust-cover is quite accurate in describing this collection of essays as "a brilliant excursion into the latter-day history of man's attempt to create heroes—as exemplified by Carlyle, Nietzsche, Wagner, Shaw,

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