23 JULY 1954, Page 29

The Twentieth Century. (July, 1954. 3s.)

THE Twentieth Century, founded in 1877 as the Nineteenth Century, is currently the youngest-seeming monthly. Lively, en- quiring, controversial yet responsible, it has recently been going on from strength to strength. Its July issue is devoted to France, and attentive readers will at the end be entitled to feel that they have been sitting with their fingers on the patient's pulse. Mr. Darsie Guile's general survey is masterly; M. Robert Mcngin ('How European is France') is thoughtfully provocative; the articles on the French novel and on France and Indo-China probe skilfully. If the Twentieth Century can maintain the level to which it has risen, more particularly on its literary side, it will fulfil the true function of a review with renewed distinction.

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