Books: Always Yes

HENRY VAN DYKE—Tertius van Dyke—Harper ($3.50).

As the biography of a man of letters, the career of Henry van Dyke (The Story of the Other Wise Man) is one of the most ironic in the history of U. S. culture. Sophisticated readers may ignore his achievements, may feel considerable discomfort that such a writer could be widely hailed and honored as a U. S. spokesman at a time when stronger talents were condemned to frustration and neglect. Nor are such readers likely to derive much enjoyment from Tertius van Dyke's pious biography of his father, with...

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