Press: Twice-Told Tales

Two barometers of a new magazine's success are its subscribers and its imitators. Golden Book Magazine, started by Review of Reviews Corp. in 1925, soon had 165,000 of the first, four of the second. Designed as a sophisticated reprint of fiction classics of the past, it seemed to find a cosy niche in public fancy, had in culture-soaked Henry Wysham Lanier, son of Southern Poet Sidney Lanier, an editor well equipped to keep it there.

But when his brother Charles withdrew financial support from the magazine in 1928, Editor Lanier left. There followed a...

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