Books: Books of the Year

In the first eleven months of 1938, U. S. publishers brought out 9,949 new titles. There were 1,590 new novels, 606 biographies and autobiographies, 329 travel books, 1,158 new titles in the field of belles-lettres which includes poetry and criticism, 764 titles which come under the general head of politics, economics and the social sciences. In this enormous mass of books —good, bad, ponderous, specialized, dull, exciting, original, confused, confusing—a few stand head & shoulders above rivals in their respective fields. Some emerge from the year's crowd by their wide popular appeal, a few...

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