Books: God and the Devil

THE GOBBLER OF GOD—Percy MacKaye —Longmans Green ($2.00). In prose, this folktale might well have been a catalog of horrors, but Southern mountaineers' dialect done into cadenced free verse makes of it a fascinating fable, moral and all. With three wedding presents—a silver ring, a goose feather pillow, and a little black slave for luckpenny—MacKnight rides over the hills from Ca'liny to claim proud Margery, his bride. This copper-haired beauty has eight brothers who kill the little black slave for her dance orgies with the Gobbler. Luckpenny dead, MacKnight and his delectable bride are pursued by an eery fate.

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