Spring 1940 • Vol. II No. 2 Book Reviews |

Three Proletarian Novels

ROPE OF GOLD. By Josephine Herbst. Harcourt Brace. $2.50THE STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER. By Elliot Paul. Random House. $2.50INDUSTRIAL VALLEY. By Ruth McKenney. Harcourt Brace. $3.00 Dealing with essentially the same theme—the struggle of labor in modern America—these books demonstrate, aesthetically, two right ways and one wrong way of handling it. Industrial Valley has the abstract form of history; it is, indeed, a segment of history, its personalities only those personalities, or those parts of them, significant for the shock of conflict, its drama the drama of mass events ordered in cumulative meaning. The Stars and Stripes Forever has the concrete form of individual drama, in which whatever philosophical or historical meaning the events may be charged with must lie implicit in the relation of whole human beings, in which the events even have no meaning, are powerless to move, unless they are embodied in richly living people. In Rope of Gold Miss Herbst tries to fuse these

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ROPE OF GOLD. By Josephine Herbst. Harcourt Brace. $2.50THE STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER. By Elliot Paul. Random House. $2.50INDUSTRIAL VALLEY. By Ruth McKenney. Harcourt Brace. $3.00 Dealing with essentially the […]

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