A long vista of American history in fiction, which ranges from full-lengths and excerpts from novels to shorts, from Hamlin Garland, George W. Cable, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Bret Harte, O. Henry, on to Edith Wharton, Booth Tarkington, Ellen Glasgov, to Conrad Richter, Esther Forbes, Eudora Welty, Clarence Day, Jessamyn West, John W. Thomason, Jr., James Thurber, Stephen Vincent Benet-in full roster. The accent is on atmospheric narrative writing, and presents farm women and witch, leprosy and battle, manners and incidents, period and place. The collection stretches over the country, urban and rural, and combines a fresh approach to anthologizing in its capable and exacting editing. The inclusions are not stale through overuse, and in the excerpts- the story is continuous as the parts have been linked together from the books (Seventeen, Huckleberry Finn, Moby Dick, etc.) A fastidious fictional standard has been kept, and the whole, in this anthological age, is more interesting, revealing reading than most.