An exceptionally interesting collection of short stories --entirely apart from the basis of selection. I approached it with...

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An exceptionally interesting collection of short stories --entirely apart from the basis of selection. I approached it with a somewhat half-hearted awareness of the values incident on bringing together human pieces about the peoples that make up the melting pet that is America. As I read, I realized that there is scarcely a second rate story in the lot. Those who like collections of short stories will find these top ranking, with some of the best done by authors whose names in themselves are little known. Among familiar names are the Papashvily's, David DeJong, Saroyan, Stephen Vincent Benet, Paul Green, Wills Cather, Sinclair Lewis, Louis Adamic. But the selling point is that the stories are first rate, and that in their totality, they present Americans in the making, -- Russian, Filipino, Portuguese, Dutch, Serbian, Austrian, Pole, Armenian, Jewish, Icelandic, Irish, Scandinavian, Italian, German, Slovak, Mexican, Czech, Hungarian, Chinese- and our own American Indian and American Negro. Some of the stories were written as short stories. Others are chapters and incidents drawn from longer books. There's humor, romance, sentiment, adventure, an occasional note of bitterness, sound philosophy -- and again and again, good story telling and a sense of people as individuals. There are paragraph biographical sketches of the authors at the close.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1947