Books: Gesture of Despair

ACT OF DARKNESS—John Peale Bishop —Scribner ($2.50).

John Peale Bishop is the proudest literary boast of Charles Town, W. Va. where John Brown was tried and hanged. Of the same Princeton generation as Novelist Francis Scott Fitzgerald and Critic Edmund Wilson, he has for years been regarded by his contemporaries as a dark horse who had not yet shown his real paces. He placed in the money four years ago when his story, Many Thousands Gone, won a $5,000 prize. His collection of poems. Now With His Love, got him a good rating on form....

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