Well, You are a gentleman and at least have the courage and integrity to apologize. When I make mistakes, I think it is well to apoligize. I am happy to hear that there are people who still read. I own 2,300 books,most of which I have picked up at book sales at a twentieth of their original price.
Spengler? You must be very highly educated. I have owned a two volume set of "Der Untergang Des Abendlandes" but I confess that I do not have the desire to look up all of the esoteric terms he uses to make his arguments. It would appear that to understand Spengler,one would need a very very strong backround in Philosophy, Ancient History, Archeology and Philology. I am much more comfortable with Toynbee although he too is difficult for me.
I have gleaned one idea from Spengler. He was, of course, writing in 1919 but he was foresighted enough to suggest that China would become one of the world's leading countries.
I know nothing about Frank Harris's book but have heard of it. I am in complete argeement with one of our premier literary critis in the USA,namely, DrDr, Harold Bloom, that Shakespeare is the center of the Canon. I see three or four Shakespeare plays each year.
Cheers- Spendius. Here in the US book sellers say that 10% of the population purchase 90% of the books. With the tube, I-pods, etc. that will soon drop lower.
I am convinced that the majority of the US population is no where near the level of the majority of most Euopean Countries with regard to literacy. That is why they are so taken with Movie Stars and Celebreties. When I was in Florence, Italy, several years ago, I was astonished that many people could quote lines from Dante. Try that in the US on Shakespeare. You may get a mangled repetition of a few lines from the one of the soliloquies--"To be--etc. but never much more.
Cheers- Spendius. If you learn more from Spengler, let me know. So far, he is beyond my reach!