Books: For Voids

So GREAT A MAN—David Pilgrim— Harpers ($3).

On the phenomenon of such elephantine best-sellers as Anthony Adverse and Gone With The Wind first-line critics have contributed little except a few quarantine signs'. Those signs, mostly ignored, warned generally against what Aldous Huxley calls "that doughy, woolly, anodyne writing [which] ... we read because we suffer when we have time to spare and no printed matter with which to plug the void . . . because the-second nature of habituated readers abhors a vacuum. . . ." That readers continue to put their faith in...

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