It was late on a Friday afternoon, and my stepmother, having finished with the house, had just come out of the tub. She never spoke...

Art or Argument Focus. by Arthur Miller. New York, Reynal and Hitchcock, 1945. 217 pp. $2.50. The reviewer inevitably feels some strain when a novel presents, as does Focus,...

The Too Ambitious Reporter Twilight Bar. by Arthur Koestler. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1945. 104 pp. $2.00. The Yogi and the Commissar. by Arthur Koestler. New York, The Macmillan Company,...

To the Editor: In his review of A. M. Klein’s “Poems” in the November issue of COMMENTARY, Mr. Randall Jarrell rakes two and a half pages...

Elsie Dinsmore’s New Problem A Sea Between. by Lavinia R. Davis. New York, Doubleday, Doran, 1945. 266 pp. $2.00. This Item belongs to those sub-literary “girls’ books” which year...

Only Half the Story The Wisdom Of Israel. by Lewis Browne. New York, Random House, 1945: 748 pp. $3.95. Authors and the public love anthologies, and the market is...

Four Novels The Journey Home. by Zelda Popkin. New York, J. B. Lippincott Co., 1945. 224 pp. $2.50. The Lonely Steeple. by Victor Wolfson. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1945. 260...

Private Communication The Facts of Life. by Paul Goodman. New York, The Vanguard Press, 1945. 261 pp. $2.50. A gifted, spoiled child has certain magnificent charms which are denied...

Last of the Red-Hot Mammas Some of These Days. by Sophie Tucker. Garden City, Doubleday, Doran and Co., 1945. 309 pp. $2.50. For the title of her autobiography, Sophie...

The Creation of an Identity The Tables of the Law. by Thomas Mann. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1945. 63 pp. $2.50. Joseph was the last of the Fathers,...

These are not Psalms Poems. by A. M. Klein. Philadelphia, The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1944. 82 pp. $2.00. Mr. Klein’s poems are academic, semi-religious verse about (1)...

And the offering of Judah and Jerusalem shall be a delight unto the Lord, as in days of old, as in ancient years. With this ending...