Good item to sell with Whittlesey's publication of an anthology edited by Malone, Pack Up Your Troubles (March 23 -- reviewed page 112). For those who want their literary history in popular, facile form, these amiable, informal portraits of American writers, based on a series of visits to the authors' homes, should supply an answer, Brief biographies, expanded from the author's popular lectures and radio talks, in casual, conversational style. Includes Noah Webster, James Fenimore Cooper, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Francis Brett Harte, Ambrose Bierce, C. Henry, Jack London, Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, Washington Irving, Francis Parkman -- their lives and contributions to American literature. No Flowering of New England this! So select your market judiciously. Plus sale for school libraries.