Books: Unmagnificent

THE LORENZO BUNCH—Booth Tarkington—Doubleday, Doran ($2). "There always will be books but perhaps the only books in the future will be reference books, scientific books and research books." Thus gloomily spoke aging Novelist Newton Booth Tarkington fortnight ago. If he was thinking of the probable life of his forthcoming novel, The Lorenzo Bunch, or of the books written by that perishably popular U. S. school of which he is the acknowledged dean, he did well to be gloomy. Even Monsieur Beancaire, though it may have been written with crocodile tears, will not evaporate...

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