Books: Pedigree

THE SHORT STORY'S MUTATIONS— Frances Newman—Heubsch ($2.50). Since the short story has come to its present perfection of form recently and, to all appearances, at a single bound, its derogators have declared that it is an art without .ancestry. It came into-the world, they said, by springing in full evening dress from the forehead of Guy de Maupassant— a birth none the less illegitimate for being miraculous. Its present vigor is no more than the usual embarrassing precocity of the natural born.

These critical deriders, Miss Newman, in a brilliant volume that is...

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