Early Fall publication lists reveal scores of new books of more than passing Jewish interest. Among those announced are new novels by Ludwig Lewisohn, Albert Halper, Lion Feuchtwanger, Stefan Zweig, Robert Nathan and Maurice Smuel; plays by Elmer Rice and Ferdinand Bruckner, and other works by Max Eastman, Robert Bernays, Rabbi Bernard Drachman and others.
Of especial interest is publication in October by Viking Press of “The Miscellaneous Papers of Justice Brandeis,” a volume of essays, addresses and other papers covering a multitude of subjects and including a chapter on the Jewish question.
The same publishers also list for next month “The Foundry,” the second full-length novel by Albert Halper, author of “Union Square,” a 1933 discovery and a Literary Guild selection. Antonio Vallentin’s “Heine” is also scheduled for September by Viking. His is a study of the German poet from his early Jewish origin to his last pathetic years. “Three Plays,” by Lion Feuchtwanger, will appear in October, under the Viking imprint. Stefan Zweig’s “Erasmus of Rotterdam” is due in November, and Joseph Roth’s “Tarabas” the same month.
Alfred A. Knopf is publishing “Road of Ages” by Robert Nathan on September 24. In this, his first novel since “One More Spring,” Nathan is understood to be engaged in “a realistic fantasy on the grand scaleâ€”a story of the Jews driven out of the western world to subsist as best they can in the Gobi desert. The narrative itself concerns their long march across Europe and Asia, during which time Jews of a dozen nations, of every character and classâ€”the strong and the weak, the proud and the humble, the learned and the ignorant, the rebellious and the resignedâ€”are brought close together by a common fate.”
Mr. Nathan, his publishers say, has handled his theme “with all the imagination and humaneness and ironic wit that have enriched his other books. But here he shows, besides, a depth of purpose and a strength of vision that carry the reader beyond the story itself to a pondering of its implications.”
“Races,” by Ferdinand Bruckner, slated for September publication, is a play dealing with events which befell the Jews of Germany in March and April, 1933.
Max Eastman’s “Art and Propaganda” is another Borzoi September book, which may show which way the wind is blowing at 730 Fifth avenue.
On the Fall list of G. P. Putnam’s Sons are a goodly number of works which will draw Jewish attention:
“The World in Modern Science” by Dr. Leopold Infeld, with an introduction by Albert Einstein, scheduled this month.
“All’s Fair,” the story of the British secret service behind the German lines, by Captain Henry Landau ($3.00) late August.
“Revelations of a Prison Doctor,” by Louis Berg, M.D., October.
“Looking at America,” by Rabbi Bernard Drachman, is another forthcoming Putnam book, devoted to the theme “What is Americanism and how can it be carried out?”
LEWISOHN ON HARPER LIST
On Harper & Brothers autumn list is Ludwig Lewisohn, who in “Toward Religion” is in search of “an ultimate reality, some foundation on which men have built before and can, if it exists and if it remains, build again.”
Other Harper Fall books include Lawrence Dennis’s “The Coming American Fascism”; Julian Huxley’s “If I Were Dictator”; Frank S. Mead’s “250 Bible Biographies,” and Lincoln Filene’s “Unfair Trade Practices” in collaboration with William Leavitt Stoddard.
Fall books of Whittlesey House include “The Racial Myth,” by Paul Redin, with an introduction by Lewis Browne; “War and Diplomacy in the French Republic,” by Frederick L. Schuman, and “Germany â€” Twilight or New Dawn,” Anonymous.
Coward-McCann, Inc., offer “Beyond Woman,” by Maurice Samuel, a novel of the American sex struggle, and Elmer Rice’s new play, “Judgment Day,” simultaneously with its presentation on the stage. “Judgment Day” is a drama laid against a European background in a country ruled by the iron fist of a dictator.
The Modern Library announces six additions to its 95-cent series of reprints of great books this Fall, and three new titles to its “Giant” series of dollar books.
“The Handbook of the Soviet Union,” many times postponed because of rapid industrial developments in the U.S.S.R., is now definitely scheduled by John Day for November publication.