Books: Odyssey on the Newsstand

HOMER: THE ODYSSEY—A New Translation by E. V. Rieu (31 I pp.)—Penguin Books (25¢).

The U.S. public is getting this classic job for two bits because eleven years ago a young Englishman named Allen Lane decided that the people who shopped at Woolworth's would just as soon buy good literature as bad. Penguin Books, London, which he founded, was enormously successful, at first with reprints, then with new books. Recently Lane hired Scholar Rieu to edit a series of classics in new translations. This is his first, and it is good.

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