Books: Midsummer's Child

LINDA SHAWN—Ethel Mannin—Knopf ($2.50).

Christ keep the Hollow Land

All the Summertide;

Still we cannot understand

Where the waters glide.

With William Morris' not notoriously intelligible verses Authoress Mannin captions the three sections of her novel, symbolizes the three phases of her heroine's career—summery childhood, cryptic girlhood, mystic womanhood. Linda's simple story, the details of her family's life on Shawn's farm, make a pretty picture to hang on a cottage wall. Three generations back the Shawns had come from Ireland, rented a piece of land near Flaydering,...

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