October 14, 1985 12:00 PM

edited by George Mendoza

The first picture in this book is a cover from the Saturday Evening Post of April 8, 1933. It shows a boy with straw hat, bandanna and dog. A pretty young woman wearing a sheer gown and wings whispers in his ear. The legend at their feet says “Springtime.” Opposite this page are poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Anon, and the editor. Further on a circus clown wipes a tear from the cheek of a runaway lad. Opposite this is a short story by Willa Cather. More than 100 illustrations by Rockwell are reproduced, matched more or less with poems and prose by such writers as Russell Baker, James Thurber, Ogden Nash and Robert Burns. From conception to type selection and layout, this volume seems old-fashioned—which must be what its creators were seeking. To anyone older than 50, it may evoke nostalgia—Rockwell, with his sure instinct for the American dream, managed to make life look idyllically simple. Others may find Rockwell’s world as remote as the Dead Sea Scrolls. (Dodd, Mead, $49.95)

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