Books: Perversed English

A GLASTONBURY ROMANCE—John Cowper Powys—Simon & Schuster ($3.75). In spite of the considerable success of his two-volume novel Wolf Solent, in spite of Critic H. L. Mencken's dictum that no two-volume novel ever failed, Author Powys confines the 1,174 pages of his latest fanciful vignette within the covers of a single book. Hard on the reader's wrist, its insistent author's perverse philosophizing is liable to be hard on many a reader's patience too. "Folks 'ud rayther brew their own broth theyselves then be fed wi' all the Milk o' Paradise" is a...

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