Books: U.S. Prosies

MODERN AMERICAN PROSE—Edited by Carl Van Doren — Harcourt, Brace ($2.75).

The literary business, like any other, has its entrepreneurs, and they are not all publishers. Editor Carl Van Doren, like Editor Louis Untermeyer, has made his literary name by purveying other men's wares. Friends call him a constructive critic; carpers, a popularizing salesman of U. S. letters. Not the first nor the best U. S. prose anthology, Modern American Prose is one of the biggest (939 pp.). Few readers will agree that all Editor...

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