Books: Motormania

CLUTCH AND DIFFERENTIAL — George Weller—Random House ($2.50).

Most U. S. fiction about the automobile has been of the character of Tom Swift and His Electric Runabout, with only a few novelists making a serious attempt to investigate the social influence of this piece of machinery in U. S. life. Exceptions have been Robert Coates's lyric descriptions of driving in Yesterday's Burdens, Sherwood Anderson's awed observations in Kit Brandon. Last week a 29-year-old novelist made a bold attempt to correct this omission with an extraordinary, 415-page work of fiction in which the automobile, with...

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