George Washington Man and Monument
by Cunliffe Marcus
Publisher: Mentor Book 1958
Number of pages: 253
Washington has become not merely a mythical figure, but a myth of suffocating dullness, the victim of civic elephantiasis. Confronted by the shelves and shelves of "Washingtoniana" all those sonorous, repetitious, reverential items, the set pieces in adulation that are impossible to read without yawning we seek some sour antidote to so much saccharine, and tend to agree with Emerson: Every hero becomes a bore at last. . . .
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