Books: A Concern for Truth

THE WORLD OF MODERN FICTION edited by Steven Marcus. 2 vols. 525 & 510 pages. Simon & Schuster. $17.50.

An anthology is a sort of zoo. The literary lions are not at their best caged up away from their own kind, and may look ridiculous if housed next door to a morose musk ox or an albino bandicoot. Even the labels may go wrong, and the surly, myopic wombat is advertised as a Thomson's gazelle. But the zoogoers don't mind. They have always known that some animals are nicer than others. So it is with...

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