Books: Tableau

SOUTH — Frederick Wight — Farrar & Rinehart ($3).

Southern novelists from Stark Young to Erskine Caldwell have written of small sections of their native regions, but have attempted no comprehensive pictures of Southern society as a whole. It has remained for Frederick Wight. Northern portrait painter turned Southern novelist, to offer a long (634 pages), ambitious book in which almost all classes and degrees of Southerners—impoverished blue bloods, fox hunting pretenders, millhands, Negroes, intellectuals—are conscientiously fitted into the fictional picture. The result is somewhat reminiscent of an old-fashioned tableau, with symbolic figures...

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