Jack C. Lane


In th fall of 1943, Farrar and Rinehart announced the publication of The St. Johns: A Parade of Diversities by James Branch Cabell and A.J. Hanna, the twenty-fourth volume in its prestigious Rivers in America series.1 The series was the brainchild of Constance Lindsay Skinner, prominent poet, novelist, journalist, writer of children's literature, and literary critic. Her idea, which Farrar and Rinehart adopted in 1935, was to produce a history of America and its people through the stories of its major rivers. The first woman to hold a major editorial position in American adult publishing, Skinner edited six volumes before her sudden death in 1939. She was succeeded by, among others Carl Carmer, who wrote two volumes in the series.2