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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sure of a runaway sale, on Woollcott's name, this pocketbook size anthology of stories, bits from full length books, verse, sketches, factual American background material et al. All American -- typical Woollcott in its flavor -- and strictly not G.I. My hunch is that this is for the literate service man, a goldmine of bits for special moods. But for the average man in uniform, much of the material would hit too high, intellectually speaking. There are, to be sure, familiar names, familiar stories,-Poe, Bret Harte, Hemingway, Benet, Dana, Parkman, Sandburg. The balance of humor is a trifle low, one could wish for more, but E.B. White, Kober, Lardner, Nash and one or two others, do their share. There is some hitherto unpublished material -- I got a good laugh out of P.S. He Got the Job, which I'd not seen before. And Woolcott's introduction is a characteristic ""last bow"". Format excellent for its purpose, which is definitely a ""portable library of American prose and poetry assembled for members of the armed forces and of the merchant marine.

Pub Date: March 26th, 1943
Publisher: Viking