Books: Charleston

PETER ASHLEY—DuBose Heyward—Farrar &Rinehart ($2.50). The Civil War, a rich mine of historical romance with plenty of still untapped veins, is beginning to be reworked again. Taking as his subject the four tense months in Charleston that culminated in the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Author Heyward has brought to light a whole shining age. Peter Ashley—a carefully unimpassioned but compelling tale that even Abolitionist-grandsired readers will be loath to leave—makes vivid and convincing a crucial scene in U. S. history.

Peter Ashley, scion of one of Charleston's first families, had no wish to be a...

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