Books: The Year in Books

For readers and critics who hoped to find the radioactive stuff of great literature, it was another disappointing year: the literary Geiger counters clicked only feebly. But publishers and booksellers, ready to settle for mere gold in the hills, found 1952 rewarding. Production costs continued to go up (as did book prices), but there were few major disappointments along publishers' row, and quite a few rich strikes. To plain readers, prospecting for good, entertaining reading, the year brought a lot of satisfaction; six novels and six nonfiction books passed the 100,000 mark, creating...

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