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April 1962

Memoirs of a Superfluous Man

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By A. J. Nock. Price, $4.00. Pp. 326. Harper & Brothers, 49 E. 33rd St., New York 16. 1943.

Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(4):500-501. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620160126032
Abstract

Just as there have been significant teachers in the lives of all thoughtful and informed men, so there are significant books whose reading make one better. Nock's Memoirs of a Superfluous Man is one of these. I would go so far as to judge it the most useful book that I have ever read, because its proper use has substituted in many ways for the classical education that I did not get in school. This is sufficient reason for a review of a book about to round out its second decade.

Albert Jay Nock (1872-1945), author, editor, educator, humanist, and literary philosopher was a prolific writer of essays. For four years he was the Editor of one of the greatest of American periodicals, the short-lived journal The Freeman. He published perhaps a dozen volumes culminating in the Memoirs, his magnum opus. Nock's learning was prodigious; his literary ken extraordinary. It

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