Books: Ninety Fragments

THE WAVE—Evelyn Scott—Cape-Smith ($2.50).

Hunky was the Book-of-the-Month Club's July selection (see above). The Literary Guild's was The Wave. Acclaimed a work of genius, The Wave succeeds in being at least unusual. Its 625 pages rehearse the Civil War without telling a connected story, but through 90 separate "stories." Authoress Scott's purpose: to make an impressionistic panorama of people then and how they felt. Her method recalls John Brown's Body, the Civil War in blank verse by Stephen Vincent Benét. Like Poet Benét, Authoress Scott did her writing in foreign countries.

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