Books: Little, Brown's Big Year

At the close of each year U.S. publishers, politest of businessmen, review the successes of competing firms with the outward suavity and smoldering wrath of tigers in a jungle. Usually the triumphs of lively newcomers are most dreaded. But this year the talk and envy of the trade is a centenarian—Boston's house of Little, Brown & Co.

Of eleven novels published in 1941 and reported among the top five books on the New York Herald Tribune's best-seller charts throughout the year, six were published by Little, Brown. Biggest-selling novel of the year was Little,...

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