The Anointed ranked high in the opinion of the discriminating public and the critical press as establishing a new method and form. Now comes Davis' second novel, indicating that he is not a ""one book man"" either in number or potentiality. This is a less original book, perhaps; there are fewer undercurrents of symbolism; the book is more direct. But it shows the same sensitivity, the same imaginative quality. It might almost be termed an American Little Man, What Now? It is the story of a mediocrity who sees himself as something bigger, and who jots down in a notebook, bits about his life and his aspirations. He planned from boyhood to write the great American novel. He planned to marry his childhood sweetheart. He lived a dream life, postponing the writing of the novel, losing the girl for a quirk of jealousy, marrying the wrong woman and carrying his dream hope and dream love through a life of small incidents. At the end, preparing for a serious operation, he planned to write his book during his period of recuperation. And there it ends. Davis is a man to watch. This is not his peak.