Henry Gregor Felsen

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Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 176

Many libraries will not buy [Two and the Town], and others will treat it with kid gloves, but we need it. Factual pamphlets and books treating sex miss the emotions of error and repair that this book, written for and about youth, presents. Felsen has been bold—some may say not bold enough. He has belabored the job of presenting each character, yet only through introspection can such a story be told. The boy, his over-indulgent parents, the girl, her super-restrictive parents, the incident itself, and the minister whose council is sought are drawn with firmness and clarity, but in a clean tone free of coarseness. If this book will help to warn, prepare, explain to, or prevent teen-agers from treating too lightly the problems of an unplanned or even planned marriage, it should invite quantity purchase in every library serving youth.

Learned T. Bulman, "Children's Books: 'Two and the Town'," in Library Journal (reprinted from Library Journal, July, 1952; published by R. R. Bowker Co. (a Xerox company); copyright © 1952 by Xerox Corporation), Vol. 77, No. 13, July, 1952, p. 1216.

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