Aperennial bestseller in her own time, the novelist and playwright Rose Franken (1896–1988) is no longer a high-visibility blip on anyone's radar screen; in few reference books on American literature will you find her name separating Waldo Frank from Benjamin Franklin. Yet apart from her success at parlaying small domestic incidents into marketable fiction—her "Claudia" stories, collected as a novel, spawned seven sequels, a stage version, and two movies—she had a knack for giving her market wares an authenticity of substance and a professional polish that make them worth cherishing today, slightly quaint but handsome and still functioning pieces, like... More >>>