Books: The Other Side

DISCOVERY OF EUROPE (743 pp.)—Edited by Philip Rahv—Houghton Mifflin ($5).

Some of the sharpest observation and writing about Europe has been done by U.S. visitors—diplomatic, literary or merely attentive to the ancestral scene. This big, intelligently edited book contains a selection of the best of it, from Benjamin Franklin to Gertrude Stein.

One striking conclusion is that it has been a one-sided love affair. Americans have always been under Europe's spell, but Europeans have not felt a similar fascination for the U.S. The attraction of Europe for U.S. travelers grew deeper during the first...

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