Harvey Wickham skewers behaviorism, realism, and Puritans

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Harvey Wickham, 1872 - 1930, is best known for his trilogy of books The Misbehaviorists (1928), The Impuritans (1929) and his crowning achievement, The Unrealists (1930). The three books used witty sarcastic prose to attack contradictions in subjective liberal philosophies while defending conservative viewpoints such as Scholasticism and Realism.

In The Misbehaviorists, Harvey skewered Sigmund Freud, calling him a quack and his interpretation of dreams pseudo-science. In Harvey's view, Freud and his kind were engaged in one of "the most preposterous attempts of hocus-pocus ever recorded in the history of the human race." In the less successful The Impuritans, Harvey stoutly defended conservative morality. Trendy writers of sexually graphic material such as D.H. Lawrence were depicted as purveyors of sophomoric smut that had been ignored by earlier writers because they had better taste. In Harvey's best and greatest work, The Unrealists, Albert Einstein was ridiculed as the new Ptolemy, the 2nd century astronomer whose mathematically complex but incorrect model of the universe fooled people for 1,500 years.

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