Books: Black Horse Oliver

Surprise shivered the book world last week, when the winner of the annual $1,000 (plus publicity) Pulitzer Prize for the best novel of 1928 was unofficially revealed to be a novel called Victim and Victor, by a man named John Rathbone Oliver. Wise literary prophets had been forecasting winners and raising authorial hopes, but none had mentioned Victim and Victor. It was a literary dark horse blacker than night.

The sudden rise to publicity of Victim and Victor caught the book trade unaware. Clerks went scurrying around looking under counters to see if...

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