Books: He Dresses Well

Joseph Hergesheimer is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular of our presentday stylists—and his accomplishments as a writer place him indisputably in the front ranks of American novelists. Presently we shall have a new novel of his to read, Balisand, his first since the impassioned Cytherca so recently celebrated in the cinema.

Mr. Hergesheimer uses words with distinction and unction. They are pleasant trophies to him, to be adroitly hung about his plot, to be celebrated, to be worshipped. There are times when I like his style immensely. There are times when I...

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