Books: Prize Sampler

NO SECOND SPRING—Janet Beith— Stokes ($2.50). Next to the Nobel Prize ($39,942) the Stokes $20,000 award, open to novelists of all nations, was the plumpest plum on the literary tree this year. When Publisher Stokes dangled this golden fruit before the world's nose, more than 600 writers took a bite at it. As in a newspaper fairy tale, the unanimous choice of the judges was No Second Spring, first published novel of an unknown 28-year-old English girl. Some readers may think the book a queer selection for these days, but many may...

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