Books: New Beginning

MY COUNTRY—Russell W. Davenport — Simon and Schuster ($1.50).

One night last month some 40 people gathered in the large, old-fashioned pent house apartment of Mrs. Hugh Bullock in Manhattan for the most trying occasion in the literary life — a poetry reading. They were publishers, editors, critics, poets, a few patrons of poetry. They heard the first formal reading of the first poem in many years by Russell Wheeler Daven port, 45, onetime FORTUNE managing editor, best known as the close associate of the late Wendell Willkie in the Presidential campaign of 1940....

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