The Atlantic Bookshelf: Conclusion

A wrap up of book reviews from Edward Weeks

THE presses have done their summer’s work: in the binderies and shipping rooms to-day the new fall books stand ready for delivery. Publishers’ trade lists have been cut down 35 per cent since the autumn of 1929; the volumes scheduled for this season have been hand picked, and as I follow their first announcements and watch the review copies arrive it seems to me that the blurbs and superstatements with which publishers used to cajole us are not nearly so apparent this year. It will be a good thing for the trade and a fair thing for the reader when editors generally shut the door on a book they know to be mediocre — no matter what the name behind it.