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THE BEST SHORT STORIES: 1939

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KIRKUS REVIEW

These are stories of ""social significance"" for the greater part, and their social implications plus the editor's own tests of organic substance and artistic form seem to set their level. There are a few newcomers in the collection -- and most of them seem to be content with presenting the times through the jobless, mobsters, labor problems, farmers' meetings, colored economists, Jews, etc., rather than telling a story. There are some familiar names, such as Albert Halper, Jesse Stuart, William Saroyan, Morley Callaghan, Paul Horgan, etc., but most of the names are not well known to the modern magazine reader, and many periodicals of small circulation are tapped for sources. One might suggest mixing these stories with the Post Stories for a balanced ration of entertainment and social betterment. I'd bet on the Post Stories winning out.

Pub Date: June 20th, 1939
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin