VERA JAVAREK, Serbo-Croatian Prose and Verse. A Selection with an Introductory Essay. London: University of London, The Athlone Press, 1958. XXVII + 161 pp.
The author is a lecturer in Serbo-Croatian language and literature at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. The literature covered in this anthology starts with the later writers of the Romantic movement and ends with the writers who rose to prominence in the period between the two world wars. The following Croatian writers are included: August Šenoa, Evgenij Kumičić, Ante Kovačić, Josip Kozarac, Ksaver Šandor Gjalski, Silvije Strahimir Kranjčević, Antun Gustav Matoš, Vladimir Vidrić, Ljubo Wiesner, Milan Begović, Gustav Krklec, Nikola Sop, Ivan Goran Kovačić, Gvido Tartalja, Ivo Andrić, Vladimir Nazor, Miroslav Krleža, Slavko Kolar. In view of the limited character of this anthology, a very discriminate choice indeed was made.
The introductory essay of eighteen pages presents a concise and adequate survey of the Serbian and Croatian literatures during the period covered in the anthology. The Serbian and Croatian writers are treated separately. Somewhat confusing, though, the author resorts to geographical terms. Thus Ivo Andrić is "a Bosnian writer," Ivo Čipiko "a Dalmatian novelist", Gvido Tartalja "a Dalmatian by origin" is included in the Serbian literature. On the whole, however, Vera Javarek has done an extremely competent and fair job.