Books: Recent & Readable: Apr. 22, 1940

FANDANGO—Robed Briffault—Scribner's ($2.50). Because a few years ago many reviewers would not call a rotten book rotten—or couldn't get the scent—if its politics were Left, Anthropologist Robert Briffault developed an extraordinary reputation through his first novel, Europa, scarcely diminished it with Europa in Limbo. Robert Forsythe wrote of him, in New Masses: "I not only consider him the most brilliant writer in the English language today but by long odds the most learned and profound man of our time." Briffault's third novel, Fandango, is shorter and a little less pretentious than the others....

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