France: Under the Rhubarb Plant

Nowhere is the book-judging business so enterprising as in France. Each year a solemnitude of juries bestows some 800 awards on every sort of oeuvre, ranging from the Prix Litteraire du Football for the best book about soccer to the Prix des Volcans for the warmest tribute to the hot springs of Auvergne.

Most popular excitement, however, is generated by the top three or four prizes for novels—which are presented to previously unrecognized writers, by a curious coincidence, during the six busy weeks before Christmas. The likeliest winners are the talk of Paris...

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