Books: Spitfire

BRIEF CANDLES—Aldous Huxley—Doubleday, Doran ($2.50). Author Aldous Huxley, once considered merely cynical and brightly shocking, has gradually forced readers to take him seriously. His wit curbed, under control, his stink-bomb epigrams less offensively in evidence, the soundness of his grasp of psychology becomes more obvious with every book. Brief Candles contains at least one story, "After the Fireworks," that is first-class. Author Huxley is not always, perhaps does not always wish to be, completely objective about characters he hates, and can still be spiteful on occasion. The first three stories in this...

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