Books: Worth the Money

NEW SHORT NOVELS (188 pp.)—Jean Stafford, Elizabeth Etnier, Clyde Miller, Shelby Foote—Ballantine (cloth $2.75, paper 35¢).

The most preoccupying subject in the U.S. book trade just now is the future of paperbacks—and the chance of finding a big market for paperback originals as well as for reprints. But in all the chatter, few ask the question: How good is the stuff being published? The talk runs, instead, to sales and distribution problems, to authors turning from established publishers to the better royalty deals and bigger circulation promised by the paperback newcomers.

The simple fact...

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