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americans abroad: in search of “classical” education

The Henry James archetype of the American abroad: Generally painters, novelists or historians of the arts. Almost all of them idlers who live on unearned income and found in Switzerland an ideal tax haven; pensioners an elderly couples stretching their … Continue reading

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out of the nest: innocence abroad

Henry James took to Europe his delicate sensibilities, and later Hemingway took his lusty appetites; today the idea of innocence abroad lingers but tenuously, as the rejection of home… The American emigre movement to Europe ┬áhad its beginnings in the … Continue reading

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its always money in philadelphia

Philadelphia. It’s always had a peculiar character about it; an aristocracy of old families, Quaker in conscience if not in religion or taste… “Philadelphia,” wrote George Biddle in his autobiography, ” has its own breed of integrity. It believes in … Continue reading

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tea and the polite amusements

To dip or to pour. that is the question…. The Tea Party felt it was better to pour tea into the waters around the Boston wharf. Maybe if they had poured water into the barrels of tea history would have … Continue reading

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men of property

Joseph Conrad characterized John Galsworthy as a moralist, someone who tended to betray instead of revealing ” the very truth of things.” In part, the sterling example of an ineffectual empathy, a sterile compassion that was reluctant to transform an … Continue reading

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