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“The Forty Days of Musa Dagh,” Franz Werfel’s new novel dealing with the defense of an Armenian village against Turkish troops, was published Friday under the Viking imprint. The 300,000 word book is the December choice of the Book-of-the-Month Club.

“The Facts of Life in Popular Song,” Sigmund Spaeth’s survey of the musical and literary output of New York’s Tin Pan Alley, was also published Friday by Whittlessey.

Doubleday Doran, in cooperation with the London publisher John Long, is offering a £200 prize for the best mystery or detective novel submitted before July 1, 1935. Manuscripts must be at least 80,000 words.

England’s royal marriage furnishes a subject for Grace Ellison, who wrote an authorized biography of Princess Marina which Heinemann brought out.

Rebecca West’s new book, just published in London, is called “The Modern Rake’s Progress.”

“Author Hunting,” by Grant Richards, contains the memoirs of an English publisher who hunted authors in many parts of the civilized world. George Bernard Shaw suggested that the book be named “Tragedy of A Publisher Who Allowed Himself to Fall in Love with Literature.”

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