Books: Anachronistic Education

T. W. White's The Sword in the Stone (Putnam, $2.50) is a heady mixture of fantasy and fact, legend and history, with other assorted literary liquors—poorly blended and served lukewarm, disguised as cambric tea. This potion the Book-of-the-Month Club has chosen for its New Year's wassail. The brew is not potent enough to make a reader pass out, but it may make some heads giddy.

The time is the olden days; the place, an assiduously merrie England. Principal characters are two boys—Kay, a toad of a child, and the Wart, who turns out to...

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