PRESENT TENSE: A Quarter Century at the Saturday Review by Norman Cousins

PRESENT TENSE: A Quarter Century at the Saturday Review

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Saturday Review (of Literature), founded early in the Twenties, now commands a readership of some 400,000 or more, most of them apparently devoted to the magazine. Cousins has been its editor for two and a half decades, so his recollections of SR's struggle and eventual triumph-which fill the first section of the book--are vivid and personal. Most interesting are glimpses Of Henry S. Canby, Amy Loveman, William R. Benet, and Christopher Morley, founders of SR, E.L. DeGolyer, the petroleum geologist who owned it for fifteen years, Bernard DeVoto and George Stephens, editors before Cousins, and some of the other figures from the days when staff and budget were small but enthusiasm was unlimited. The middle, and largest, section is devoted to reprinting significant recent anniversary pieces and a broad selection of editorials. Part Three gives details of two chief SR crusades, the campaign to arrange plastic surgery for Hiroshima victims and the efforts to get help for the Ravensbrueck Lapins, Polish women still suffering the effects of ""experimentation"" at the hands of Nazi doctors. An epilogue, ""The Age of Accelerations"" relates the state of the world today to the human condition as Cousins sees it.

Pub Date: May 25th, 1967
Publisher: McGraw-Hill