Books: Old Favorites

Best-seller lists are compiled each week by the New York Times, New York Herald Tribune and The Publishers' Weekly. They give a clear picture of U. S. week-to-week buying of new books. But do they give an accurate indication of U. S. literary taste? Librarians (who hold that Mark Twain is still the most widely-read U. S. author) aver that they do not. Publishers of inexpensive reprints are inclined to agree with the librarians. Releasing figures last fortnight on the sale of his Modern Library series (95¢ and $1.25), Publisher Bennett Cerf disclosed...