Fiction: Sep. 26, 1927

Buckskin Beatitude

DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCH-BISHOP—Willa Gather—Knopf ($2.50). A large part of Miss Gather's pre-eminence as a novelist is due to her ability as a scholar. Her offering for this season is more scholarly than creative—a reconstruction of the episcopal works of the first Roman Catholic bishop of her beloved New Mexico, Jean Marie Latour.* She draws him with esthetic reverence, an immaculate conception of a missionary in buckskins who, lost and athirst in the desert, still retained elegance, distinction and "a kind of courtesy toward himself,...

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