Books: Sino-Japanese Romance

THE PATRIOT — Pearl S. Buck — John Day ($2.50).

One consequence of winning the Nobel Prize for Literature is that the prizewinner's next books come in for much severer criticism. If any Nobel Prizewinner stands to escape such hardening of the public heart, it is Pearl Buck. With her usual unpretentious candor, she was the first to admit that the Nobel Prize award honored her beyond her deserts. "That's ridiculous," she said when she heard the news. "It should have gone to Dreiser."

But, as critics realized on second thought, the Nobel Prize went...

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