Books: Little Weaklings

THE BEST SHORT STORIES: 1935—Edward J. O'Brien — Houghton Mifflin ($2.50).

If U. S. literary life has no official academy to bestow honors and awards on authors struggling for recognition, it has in Edward Joseph O'Brien an editor who performs much the same function each year with conscientious enthusiasm. For 21 years Editor O'Brien has offered his annual collections of the best short stories, exhaustive, painstaking volumes which include, in addition to the texts of the best stories, a Roll of Honor of several hundred more, an index of distinctive short stories—each title...