Books: Depression

NOBODY STARVES—Catharine Brody— Longmans, Green ($2).* No proletarian, no Communist, nobody has yet written a first-class proletarian novel. Nearest so far is John Dos Passos' The 42nd Parallel. Nobody Starves starts out as though it might ring a new bull's-eye but it turns out to be just another ricochet. Though proletarian authors and capitalist critics would never agree on what makes a good novel, even a proletarian would want a novel to be more than a case history. Nobody Starves is a painstaking, truthful-sounding case history.

Molly's case was no different from thousands of...

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