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“The Foolscap Rose,” by Joseph Hergesheimer, author of a score or so of novels, again tells a story that commences in the America of the 1820’s. It is really “Three Black Pennies” all over again but, instead of an iron foundry, this time Hergesheimer has set his locale in a paper mill in Pennsylvania. It is a mellow story not without pathos which shows what has happened to American life since the advent of industrialism on a large scale. Of course there is also a romance. Very nice reading. (Knopf—Oct. 18.)

For those who are interested in a history of dramatic criticism “The American Theatre,” by M. J. Moses and John Mason Brown, dramatic critic of the N. Y. Post should be welcome. The large tome covers what the First Nighters have said from 1752-1934 (Norton—Oct. 15.)

Why and when Europe will go to war is the thesis of Johannes Steel’s book, “The Second World War.” This journalist whose predictions on what would happen abroad have a disturbing way of being realized, sees a war within nine months. Interesting stuff. (Covici, Friede Oct. 15.)

Do you remember “Jungle Ways.” In it there was a strange character who found happiness in Timbuctoo by learning native lore and custom and preaching to the natives? William Seabrook very fascinatingly writes the story of this robed gentleman in “The White Monk of Timbuctoo.” Very much up to par. (Harcourt Brace—Oct. 18.)

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