Book Reviewing

Book Reviewing

Book Reviewing

Book Reviewing

Excerpt

For the past twenty-odd years I have written a column, New Book News, for the news pages of the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald, the editorial page of the Atlanta (Ga.) Journal, or the Friday and Sunday book pages of the Atlanta (Ga.) Constitution. It has also appeared in the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, Columbus (Ga.) Ledger, and other papers, and has been used as a department in the Kappa Alpha Journal, a fraternity magazine with a national selected circulation. During this same period, I have taught a course in book reviewing in the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism. Some years ago, it was my privilege to study at Columbia University under the late Allen Sinclair Will, night city editor of the New York Times and a regular contributor of full-length feature reviews to the Sunday Times Book Review. Throughout this period I have read widely and observed closely the practices of the best media of literary criticism.

This book is a result of all this experience, instruction, and reading. It was first suggested by Dr. Edd Winfield Parks, a member of our English faculty, whose implication, I assumed, was that one who had been as close to book reviewing as long as I have must have a few helpful suggestions worth passing along to others.

Like the college courses in musical and literary appreciation, this book is intended for several groups: not only for practitioners, actual and would-be, but also for those who read merely for enjoyment. In a sense, this may be regarded . . .

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