Books: Bastard's Chronicle

BENJAMIN BLAKE — Edison Marshall-Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50).

This week Edison Marshall, a ranking adventure serialist, moves into the field of the legitimate novel and gets the Literary Guild's accolade for March. Benjamin Blake has everything a best-seller needs: an alliterative title, a fat part for Tyrone Power when it reaches the films, and the ingredients of what critics like to call a rattling good yarn. It is set in the 18th Century, sauced with its political restiveness, and skillfully served up in a fake-archaic, first-person prose that has fibre enough to support a...

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