Books: Manhattan Parson

MEN AND BRETHREN—James Gould Cozzens—Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

Readers who had any doubt whatever that James Gould Cozzens was a professional writer in the best sense, last week had their doubts finally dispelled. His latest novel, Men and Brethren, is a highly interesting, racy book about faith and works, with a faithful, hard-working parson as its protagonist. And Author Cozzens has written it "straight," with no satire, as little horseplay as possible.

Ernest Cudlipp, vicar of a poor chapel belonging to a rich Manhattan parish, was small, middleaged, energetic, untidy, conservative in belief, liberal in practice....

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