Books: Critic's Garland

THE FLOWERING OF NEW ENGLAND— Van Wyck Brooks—Button ($4).

In the 27 years since Van Wyck Brooks published his first book (The Wine of the Puritans) he has risen to a commanding height as a U. S. critic. Beginning in that work to examine "our inherited cultural resources," he has occupied himself ever since with his penetrating analyses of the dilemmas of creative genius in U. S. society, establishing a critical landmark when he wrote America's Coming of Age in 1915 and producing a native classic with The Ordeal of Mark Twain...

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