Books: Bestseller Revisited, Jun. 20, 1955

THE DINNER PARTY (236 pp.)—Gretch-en Finletter—Harper ($3).

Like the edge of a locust swarm, the frontier of Commuterland advances, driving the farmers before it and leaving deposits of white colonial mansions and wrought-iron signs upon the green, tumbled land. But just ahead of the chirking mass, beyond the last bounds of a commuter's endurance, past the Levittowns and past Newyorkerland with its split-level houses and split-personality admen and Wall Streeters, lies the land of Dinner Party. It is rich farmland which no one farms, populated by Men who have Made their Mark and their families. Their wives scorn elegance in favor of...

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