The Press: Verdicts of the Times

Are book reviewers infallible? Not even a book reviewer would claim to be. In a special literary publication last week, the New York Times reprinted some interesting answers from 100 reviews it has run in the last 100 years. In general, the Times could stand pat on its reviews. They had not always spotted the worth of a book. But they had oftener been right (in the eyes of posterity) than wrong.

On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin (reviewed March 28, 1860): "One of the most important contributions ever made to philosophic...

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