Books: Return of a Native

THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER— Thornton Wilder—Yale Press & Coward-McCann ($2.50).

When Thornton Wilder's The Bridge of San Luis Rey burst into the best-seller lists, loud was the clucking from the critics' henroost. Drowned in the almost unanimous cackle of praise were a few deprecatory chirps, chiefly to the effect that it was a pity Author Wilder had not chosen a U. S. scene. When The Angel That Troubled the Waters and The Woman of Andros showed him still far from home, deprecatory chirps became louder. In The Long Christmas Dinner, a collection of six...

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