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Reviewed: The Waste Land (The Nation, 1922)

Attached is one of the first American reviews of T.S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land, it was penned by literary critic Gilbert Seldes (1893 - 1970):

"In essence The Waste Land says something which is not new: that life has become barren and sterile, that man is withering, impotent, and without assurance that the waters which made the land fruitful will ever rise again."


Main Street by Sinclair Lewis (NY Times, 1920)

"A remarkable book is this latest by Sinclair Lewis. A novel, yes, but so unusual as not to fall easily into a class. There is practically no plot, yet the book is absorbing. It is so much like life itself, so extraordinarily real. These people are actual folk, and there was never better dialogue written than their revealing talk."


Reviewed: The Inside of the Cup
by Winston Churchill (Literary Digest,1913)

The 1913 book review of The Inside of the Cup by Winston Churchill (the other one) was so fraught with questions concerning the revolt of the Suffragettes and their disillusion with Christianity that the review was printed on the "Religion Page" of THE LITERARY DIGEST.


A Review of Brideshead Revisited (Rob Wagner's Script Magazinet, 1946)

A favorable review of Evelyn Waugh's (1903 1966) triumph Brideshead Revisited (1945):

"Looking up momentarily from our crystal ball, we predict that 'Brideshead Revisited' will set sales records and arouse more comment - critical and otherwise - than any book in many a day."


George Orwell (Pathfinder Magazine, 1950)

"No one perhaps has done as much as the British writer who calls himself George Orwell to persuade former fellow-travelers that their ways lie in some direction other than the Stalinist party line."

So begin the first two paragraphs of this book review that are devoted to the anti-totalitarian elements that animated the creative side of the writer George Orwell (born Eric Arthur Blair: 1903 1950). The novel that is reviewed herein, "Coming Up for Air", was originally published in 1939 and was reviewed by PATHFINDER MAGAZINE to mark the occasion of the book's first American printing in 1950.


Dr. Seuss Tried His Hand at Grown-Up Fiction (Stage Magazine, 1937)

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel: 1904 1991) was all of 33 years of age when this one page piece of fiction appeared in THE STAGE MAGAZINE; that same year his first book went to press, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street.

The article is illustrated by one of his delightful drawings that future generations would come to know so well.


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