Books: Middle-Aged Passion

THE END OF DESIRE—Robert Herrick —Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50). On the jacket of The End of Desire Publishers Farrar & Rinehart have blurbed the rather rhetorical question: "Whence arises the sudden passion of a Man for a Woman?" You may be surprised to discover that this is a quotation from the late great Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche himself. But you will be more surprised that it takes Author Herrick's hero 371 pages to find the answer. Psychiatrist Redfield met Abnormal-Psychology Expert Massey at a murder trial. Redfield was a man; Massey a woman; both were middle-aged (in fact, grandparents). They fell in...

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