FICTION: Epic?

THE ISLAND WITHIN— Ludwig Lewisohn—Harpers ($2.50). The author, a Jew, was evidently in a sweat of fervor when he wrote this novel. He cries out in his preface: "Then, in God's name, let us tell wiser, broader, deeper stories— stories with morals more significant and rich. . . . Let us recover, if possible, something of an epic note. To do that there is no need of high-flown words or violent actions. Only a constant sense of the streaming generations, of the processes of historic change, of the true character of man's magnificent and...