Books: Vicar, 20th Century

THE VICAR'S DAUGHTER—E. H. Young —Harcourt Brace ($2.50).

In 1873 a Boston firm published The Vicar's Daughter "for we need just such simple, pure and cheerful stories here in America, where even the nursery songs are sensational." The modern tale by the same title (copyright presumably expired) at first leads the reader to suspect the vicar of an illegitimate daughter; then it, too, turns out to be a "pure and cheerful" story.

Edward should never have been a vicar anyway, but had drifted by chance...