Books: Best-Seller's Complaint

Novelist Pearl Buck has published eleven books, and five of them have been bestsellers. But at a Manhattan booksellers' luncheon fortnight ago, Pearl Buck stepped out as the most resourceful U. S. critic of bestsellers, found a dozen new reasons for denouncing lists of them. Bestseller lists are usually criticized on the grounds that they are inaccurate or incomplete (TIME, March 7), but Author Buck objected to their influence on writers ("It's the worst thing that can happen to you, not to be on that list—if you are a novelist"); their influence on...

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