Books: Recent & Readable: Apr. 8, 1940

THE SWAN OF USK—Helen Ashton—Macmlllan ($2.50). The life of Henry Vaughan, one of the valuable minor poets of Milton's time, made into a valuable minor novel. Vaughan's boyhood in the Welsh mountains, his life at Oxford and in noisome London, his service as a trooper-surgeon for King Charles in the savage Civil Wars and his later life as a country physician are reconstructed in a sober, ringing prose that suggests the rich style of the 17th Century. Scholar Ashton's battles and amputations make a plausible background for Vaughan's fine devotional poetry.

DILDO CAY—Nelson...

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