This is of interest not only because of the intrinsic worth of the selections made by the contributors, but for the light...

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This is of interest not only because of the intrinsic worth of the selections made by the contributors, but for the light thrown on those co-editors, as it were, in their choices. One senses something of hero worship, of wishful thinking, of aspiration, of nostalgic looking back to youthful models in such choices as Wilbur Daniel Steele selecting a story of Sherwood Anderson's, Irwin Edman, something from Santayana, Will Cuppy from Robert Benchley, Jesse Stuart from Robert Burns, Perelman from Ring Lardner. Clare Luce's selection of Thompson's Hound of Heaven is a strange one, as is Upton Sinelair's choice of Ruskin and Isaiah. Thurber and White, Dos Passos and Scott Fitzgerald, H. Allen Smith and Mark Twain-these are naturals. Mark Twain is most often chosen, with E.B. White a close second. Stories, verse, extracts from longer pieces -- a varied selection for varied tastes. The brief biographical notes, covering in some instances the reasons for choices made, are enlightening.

Pub Date: Nov. 13, 1946

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Whittlesey

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1946