Green Mansions was the first book which Alfred Knopf published shortly after he entered the field on his own: he started with a desk which became a room which became a room with an assistant, the young woman who became his wife, and she helped him to establish the list which became synonymous with his credo of ""the art of publishing."" Mr. Fadiman's anthology selected from that list over the past fifty years is indeed a staggering ""retrospective,"" since the Knopfs published enduring works from all countries and in all fields. Here, along with a representation of essays, memoirs, history, criticism, drama (one full length play -- Sartre's No Exit) reportage (Hersey's Hiroshima), poetry (Housman, Eliot, Belloc, Pound), there are seven novels and novellas which include Camus' The Stranger, Cather's A Lost Lady, Gide's The Immoralist, Mann's Death in Venice and Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely. Not to forget short stories-- Beerbohm, Katherine Mansfield, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, Updike, among others. The rostrum of contributors is indeed the spectrum of modern literature at its best, as asseverated in these fifty years.