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This review is from: An Awful Lot of Books: Reviews from Queen 1959-61 (Kindle Edition)
This is a wonderful collection of reviews: every one of them an accomplished and judicious appraisal of a book. Her warmth and fairness shine through. She says in her introduction that the point of the pieces was to recommend books rather than savage them and there are some recommendations that I'm following up. She also tells great stories. For example, I love this one she tells in her review of James Thurber's 'The Years with Ross' (about Harold Ross's struggles to establish 'The New Yorker'):
'He spent two years trying to get the magazine started at all, and when he did, its first year was a sensational flop - a printing of fifteen thousand in February had dropped to twenty-seven hundred by August - staff was cut to a minimum and there is the melancholy story of Ross running into Dorothy Parker and saying: `I thought you were coming into the office to write a piece last week - what happened?' Mrs. Parker turned upon him the eloquent magic of her dark and lovely eyes. `Somebody was using the pencil,' she explained sorrowfully.'