Hatrack, Revelry

If one were to choose the two most sensational bits of prose published in 1926, one might well select the short story "Hatrack" (reviewed in TIME, April 19), and the novel Revelry (TIME, Nov. 29). "Hatrack," the tale of "Fanny Fewclothes," rebuffed churchgoer and sought-after prostitute of Farmington,* Mo., enabled Editor H. L. Mencken to guffaw at the New England Watch and Ward Society, to boost the circulation of the American Mercury, to have the "Hatrack" issue barred from the U. S. mails. Revelry, a flashy novel...

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