Books: Literary Life

Germany. To most of its U. S. readers, Gone With the Wind is straight historical romance. Foreigners like it almost as much, but judge it differently. Now published in 14 countries, with sales reaching 184,000 in England, 6,000 in Hungary, 4,750 in Chile, it has made its biggest sensation outside the U. S. in Nazi Germany, which has bought 134,000 copies. Nazi highbrows, calling it irresistible, found it an attack on "plundering mercantile Yankee capitalism" and on democracy. Said Das Innere Reich, leading Nazi literary journal, "We see the fall and death of the old aristocrats, the rise of the parvenus,...

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