Books: The Year in Books, Dec. 15, 1947

The problems of 1947, of the soul as well as of the mind, were bigger than the abilities of the writers who grappled with them. It was fashionable to indict writers for this condition, but how just was the indictment?

Citizens of their time, they lived in a nation that had both prosperity and peace, but enjoyed neither. If others felt bewilderment and despair, was it strange that the writers did too, and showed it not only in what they wrote, but in what they proved incapable of writing? Most writers were unable to...

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