l’influence de l’Amérique sur l’Europe par Charles-Henry Hirsch
HIRSCH Charles-Henry

l’influence de l’Amérique sur l’Europe par Charles-Henry Hirsch

December 18, 1922
Size : 7,79 x 10,4 inches
Condition : B
Reference : 726-9

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A.L.S. to [Ernest Martinenche], Paris, December 18, 1922. 1 p. in-folio. 

Charles-Henry Hirsch responds rather harshly to a questionnaire sent by Ernest Martinenche, on the theme of America's influence on Europe. These lines were certainly published, given the blue pencil indications typical of printers' annotations.

 "I The discovery of America and its settlement by Europeans were obviously harmful to the natives, who were killed, molested and robbed by the conquerors [...] Europe, which the New World enriched and rid, through emigration, of terrible scum. 

II America's influence on European politics, trade and morals has been both good and bad. We may have inherited from the North American a more accurate sense of realities in the struggle for life, but we have inoculated ourselves with the virus of corruption through gold. [...] 

III Foresight is the ideal role of statesmen; and they refrain from it all over the globe, with regrettable unanimity. [...] I simply hope that, through its artists, philosophers and scientists [...]" this elite "will end up exerting a useful influence on Anglo-Saxon America, where brains squander the best of their strength on being mere gold-making machines [...]".

Lecturer in Spanish language and literature at the Faculté des lettres de Paris. In 1913, he was a founding member of the Cercle d'études franco-hispaniques at the University of Paris 1. 

Ernest Martinenche founded and directed the Institut d'études hispaniques (1929), and was president of the jury for the agrégation in Spanish. His publications include the Revue d'Amérique latine and various other Spanish journals. 

HIRSCH Charles-Henry

A French poet, novelist and playwright, he was born in Paris in 1870 and died there on 16 December 1948. 

He wrote for the Mercure de France and the newspapers Le Matin, L'Excelsior, Le Journal and Le Petit Parisien. He was director of literary and artistic columns at the Mercure de France from 1899 to 1916.