A swell job. Thorough, interesting throughout, often stimulating. It has neither the glib superficiality of Books and Battles nor the controversial aspects of some of the ultra-modern criticism. An admirable survey for anyone wanting a general picture of the American literary scene. Treats 44 representative authors in their relation to twelve dominating world tendencies."" Unpremeditated art, questioning despair, the dream, dominant primordial, the mask, manners, regional variations, iconoclasm, revolution, cap and bells, intellectualism, popular writers. Clear birds-eye view, backed by sound knowledge. Sell to reading study groups, clubs, etc. Courses in schools and colleges.