BOOKS: Angry Editor

In its first twelve years the Saturday Review of Literature, under Editor Henry Seidel Canby, got its reputation as a conservative, conscientious literary journal. Its sober book reviews were coupled somewhat incongruously with the playfully erudite, wambling columns of Christopher Morley, its mildly suggestive personal ads with a weekly puzzle. The leading national book-review weekly, its eminence was made less impressive by the fact that it was the only one in the field. Although now & then the Saturday Review took a flyer in an extended literary appraisal, with articles by...

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