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Paul Elmer More (December 12, 1864 – March 9, 1937) was an American journalist, critic, essayist and Christian apologist.


More was educated at Washington University in St. Louis and Harvard University.Domitrovic, Brian. Modern Age 45 (Fall 2003), pp. 343-349. He taught Sanskrit at Harvard (1894-1895) and Bryn Mawr (1895-1897).

After his short career as an academic, he worked as a journalist on The Independent, the New York Evening Post and The Nation. He started on his Shelburne Essays in 1904; they were to run to 11 published volumes, drawing on his periodical writing, and were followed later by the New Shelburne Essays, in three volumes from 1928.

In his literary criticism, More generally upheld the classical English authors who display, as he put it, a "deep-rooted sense of moral responsibility"—Shakespeare, Johnson, Trollope, Newman—while also accepting those lusty writers of France and America who cannot help but be a little too honest.Duggan, Francis X. Paul Elmer More. New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1966, p. 57.

He wrote several books after his retirement from journalism, including Platonism...
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