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THE MAGICIAN AND OTHER STORIES (271 pp.)—Bruno Frank—Viking ($2.50).

"Writers," says Bruno Frank in one of the ten short stories that compose this collection, "know one another as a banker in Amsterdam knows about one in Milan." The American public knew Germany's Bruno Frank (who died in Hollywood in 1945) principally through novels like The Persians Are Coming, but Frank's fellow writers in Europe knew his many plays and novels as well as they knew Stefan Zweig's and Lion Feuchtwanger's.

Like those writers, Frank was no experimentalist. He was simply, says Somerset Maugham—who rides his favorite hobbyhorse in an introduction to this volume...

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