Books: Violent Salvation

THE LIBERALS—John Hyde Preston—John Day ($2.50).

Literary observers, about equally divided between the alarmed and the content, now acknowledge that the left-wing literary movement during the 30s has gained some able recruits. But even sympathetic observers have been disturbed by the number of left-wing novels which appear, still lumpy with undigested slogans, melodrama, still relying on red flags and broken heads instead of good writing.

The Liberals, first novel by the able author of Revolution-1776, shows far fewer of these faults than some, but still needs a further purge. Author Preston has an attentive eye for present-day intellectuals' dilemmas, an attentive ear for...

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