Books: 22 Lasting Stories

THE SCRIBNER TREASURY: 22 CLASSIC TALES (689 pp.)—Scribner ($5).

This book contains some of the best reading likely to be published all summer. Most of its 22 stories were written before 1910.

The 107-year-old house of Scribner says that it has no special thesis in assembling them in one volume. Scribner simply searched through its files for classics and picked 22 written between 1881 and 1931. All the stories in the Scribner Treasury "won immediate public favor" when they first appeared, however, and the demand for them "has never ceased." Among the storytellers in the...