Cows, Vodka, Acres, Potatoes, Soil, Love, Hate

Ladislas St. Reymont (TIME, Nov. 24) was awarded the 1924 Nobel prize for literature. Publisher Alfred Knopf sighed contentedly, poured forth a generous libation to the partial goddess of chance, bestirred himself to call the attention of the curious public to the fact that he had just, with commendable prevision, published the first of four parts of Ladislas St. Reymont's chief work. "Autumn, volume one of The Peasants," said Publisher Knopf some weeks ago, "would appear to be undoubtedly the...

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