The Conduct of Life, by Lewis Mumford
For twenty years Lewis Mumford has been engaged upon a tetralogy dealing with the human condition, of which the successive volumes have been Technics and Civilization (1934), The Culture of Cities (1938), The Condition of Man (1944), and now The Conduct of Life. Earlier still, beginning in 1922 and after eight years of magazine writing, he had brought out five books of cultural criticism, with the emphasis on architecture and literature. He interspersed the writing of the tetralogy with the publication of small books which continued his earlier themes and contained by-blows of his later ones. Thus for thirty-seven years Mumford has been addressing the public in one guise or another; and since 1924, when Sticks and Stones appeared, he has been rightly considered a major American critic of culture.
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