A refreshing approach to the moderns, with due appreciation of their contribution as a group, their individual genius, their permanent value, but with an objective slant on their fallacies in standards and values. Dreiser, Cabell, Sherwood Anderson, Vardis Fisher, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, James Farrell, James Joyce and many others are discussed, and their principle works analyzed from the challenging angle of where their work fits into the larger picture. He deplores many of the tendencies, but sees hope in the work of some of the healthier-minded writers who appreciate the many-sidedness of the human animal, and the importance of a story to tell and a background to present. One sometimes quarrels with his inclusion of unimportant writers, his exclusion of others who are making a larger contribution; one feels that he overemphasizes fiction to the exclusion of other forms of writing. But the book is stimulating and should be valuable for club groups, reading circle discussion, colleges and public libraries.