Books: Referberation

AMERICAN BEAUTY — Edna Ferber — Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).†

As purely popular authors get more & more established, they feel it behooves them to justify their popularity by infusing their entertainment with a Message. American Beauty's Message: from the mixture in the U. S. melting pot of inbred aristocracy and peasant stock will come a new & nobler breed. But you do not have to pay attention to Edna Ferber's Message to enjoy her story.

True Baldwin, Chicago tycoon, has reached breakdown-time. His daughter Candace lures him on a vacation back to Connecticut where...

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