Books: Descendant's Novel

Nowadays the Creole stories of gentle George Washington Cable seem amiable but shrewd, are taken as patent proof that Cable loved his native New Orleans. But when they first appeared he was denounced at mass meetings, damned as a "grim-humored dwarf" who had libeled the good families of the city. Southern literary tempers are not quite so testy now, but they still have a big pinch of gunpowder in them. Latest Southerner to get scorched is 35-year-old Ben Robertson of Clemson, S. C. (pop. 420), whose novel about his ancestors brought on...

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