This is an exceedingly interesting approach to an anthology which comprises thirty nine selections from American moderns, from Dreiser to Carson McCullers, spanning the years 1920-45. And yet-where many would find themselves bogged down in embarrassment of riches, she has achieved what she set out to do, she has given one a sense of emotional unity, and at the same time has avoided the danger of preoccupation with one phase, one angle. Whether or not she has achieved a further purpose of reflecting the whole of life depends largely on the contribution made by the reader. Her introductory notes are masterpieces of crystallization,-sometimes in the form of brief biographical notes, where the man is the salient point; more often in the form of a weighing of the work and the place the specific selection takes in it; or again a precis of the work from which the selection is made, in order to show it against that setting. Her choices show a high level of readability; there is poignant human drama, there is regional material, there is disillusion, there is humor -- but no one type outweighs the others. The authors represented do not give us a full cast of America's writers, but each in his or her way is representative of the period, and the obvious names are there,-Hemingway, Wolfe, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Steinbeck, Rawlings, Lewis, Richter, and so on. I found myself reading one after another-though my original intention had been to be satisfied with the Table of Contents. Much was familiar in recall; much was new. The book should have long term value for students of writing-and of American literature.