My working days for a good many years past have been spent in the interesting task of handling, editorially, books that are known to the “trade” as “Rewards”. That quaint term now tends to give place to “Juvenile Novels”. It is a job with its special perplexities, though it does not involve the contest between business instincts and moral scruples which must surely harass the publisher of adult fiction. Librarians must know what I mean. Some of them may share my possibly narrow views about the novel, and regret that not a few of our best‐reviewed writers have a moral influence definitely bad.
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