Books: Transgressor's Collapse

THE STORY OF A LAKE—Negley Farson —Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

The career of Negley Parson—athlete, munitions salesman, aviator, foreign correspondent, lover—has been, if nothing else, a testament to his superb physique. As readers galloped through his best-selling autobiography, The Way of a Transgressor, their wonder grew how a man could avoid cracking up even halfway through such adventures.

Last fortnight Negley Farson did at last crack up—but only fictitiously, in a semi-autobiographical novel about a famous U. S. newspaperman who ends up drinking himself to death in a backwoods cabin in British Columbia. An awkwardly constructed, Lost Generation novel, teeming with love affairs, ineffective...

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