Books: Books of the Year

This week the 1940 publishing year draws to an end. It had not been a year replete with great books, but among 10,106 new titles published in the first eleven months was more than one of solid worth. There were 1,646 new novels, 603 new biographies and autobiographies, 284 geography and travel books; 1,434 books of poems, criticism or other belles-lettres. There were 1,570 books on politics, economics or current affairs, 794 juveniles and 3,775 technical and text books. Most notable was the year's flock of topical books, inspired by the war. Led...

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