This seems to be distinctly less readable than the previous Hansen collections, perhaps because there is less choice of good material this year. There is furthermore, less literary merit than in Brickell's first editing job, further evidence that it is the effect of the times. All in all, this seems an uninteresting, uninspired group of short stories. Eartha Foley's collection for Houghton, Mifflin -- Best Short Stories -- 1942 -- has qultean edge on this one. Good names -- and less good stories -- include Kay Boyle, David DeJong, Faulkner,Nancy Hale, Steinbeck, Josephine Johnson, etc. Prize stories introduce a newcomer, Wilbur Schramm, in third place; Eudora Welty and Wallace Stegner , both established writers, occupied first and second places respectively.