Books: Mother's Boy

THE SON OF MARIETTA—Johan Fabricius—Little, Brown ($3). Looking back on the earlier 1930's, what would some Mark Sullivan of the future pick as typical novels of that bygone day? He might well choose such a lean and lustful tale as John O'Hara's Butterfield 8. He might mention in passing such names as John Dos Passes, Sinclair Lewis, William Faulkner. But these would all be sideshows. Most phenomenally popular book of the quinquennium, he would report, was Hervey Allen's Anthony Adverse. By 1935 critics who had tried to blink it off as simply a...

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