Books: Classic Propaganda

THE MARCH OF LITERATURE — Ford Madox Ford—Dial ($3.75).

ENJOYMENT OF LITERATURE—John Cowper Powys—Simon & Schuster ($3.75).

Distaste for the literary classics is an inhibition commonly traced to English teachers. Cures are rare. On the contrary, the psychosis is likely to be aggravated by stuffed-shirt critics, lecturers, anthologists, Five Foot Shelves. An accidental cure sometimes occurs when a reader stumbles on to a first-rate modern critic, who illuminates the classics with insight and imagination while advising the reader to follow his own reason, draw his own conclusions. An honest reader, if he believes...

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