Books: Spirited

THE MYSTERY OF THE BURIED CROSSES— Hamlin Garland—Dutton ($3.75).

Corn-fed young Lochinvar of Midwest American writing in 1890 was Hamlin Garland. With sturdy grass-root realism his A Son of the Middle Border (1917) echoed the dissatisfaction of Populist farmers with Eastern banks and business, again surprised seaboard intellectuals into noting that there were literate settlements beyond Manhattan. But Populism was already dead and Garland was left like last year's scarecrow among the corn shocks. With the passing of the middle border he sought a substitute in the borderland of the spirits and its...

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