Magazine July 6, 2009, Issue

What Grandma Read

What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920–1960, by Gordon Hutner (North Carolina,432 pp., $39.95)

The parlors of small-town America are full of novels that made their way onto the bestseller lists once upon a time. Some were dismissed as commercial trash by the critics of their day, but others were taken seriously and written about earnestly. Many were Books of the Month, and a few won Pulitzer Prizes. Now they gather dust in the unused front rooms of homes whose owners have moved the TV to a friendlier part of the house. Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent, Laura Z. Hobson’s Gentleman’s Agreement, Sloan Wilson’s The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Edna Ferber’s So

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Terry TeachoutMr. Teachout is the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal and the critic-at-large of Commentary. Satchmo at the Waldorf, his 2011 play about Louis Armstrong, has been produced off Broadway and throughout America.

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