Books: Classic Irish

A NEST OF SIMPLE FOLK—Sean O'Faolain—Viking ($2.50).

Shawn O'Phelan, as even those who know no Irish may pronounce Sean OTaolain's Gaelic name, is a new star in Erin's sky. Known to only a few U. S. readers by a book of short stories (Midsummer Night Madness), he should soon, if A Nest of Simple Folk gets the audience it deserves, be visible throughout at least one hemisphere. This big novel of classic Irish types is set firmly in the oldfashioned, solid novel tradition, earmarked neither by the violent realism nor the violent mysticism of...

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