Summer 1951 • Vol. XIII No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1951 |

The Real and the Card-Board Grasshopper

Selected Writings Of William Dean Howells. Edited, with an Introduction, by Henry Steele Commager. Random House. $5.00 JUDGING from the number and scope of his recent publications, Professor Commager is as heedless as was Howells of spreading himself thin. This durably bound reprint, in invitingly large type, of two of Howells' novels—The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885) and A Modern Instance (1882)—and two of his volumes of reminiscenes—A Boy's Town (1890) and My Mark Twain (1910)—has a lively, straight-from-the-shoulder, chip-on-the-shoulder, partly discriminating, slightly confusing introduction. The note of aggression is due to Professor Commager's dislike of "the naturalists and the irrationalists" of 20th Century American letters whom he has blasted at greater length in The American Mind. Their concern, in direct opposition to Howells at his best, is, he asserts here, "with repudiations of the optimistic, with violent departures from the domestic, with revelations o

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