BOOKS: Mail-Order House

The backs and bunions of U.S. postmen ached more than usual last week. The Book-of-the-Month Club was sending out its March selections: William Saroyan's warmhearted The Human Comedy (TIME, March 1), Berry Fleming's ladylike Colonel Effingham's Raid. Mail carriers have long been used to the load dumped on them by the U.S. Post Office's fourth largest customer,* but last week's was the greatest fardel of them all—342,000 copies of The Human Comedy alone. Crowed The Book-of-the-Month Club: "The largest advance printing of any . . . selection in the history of the...

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