Books: Feeler

SOUTHWAYS—Erskine Caldwell—Viking ($2.50).

Because the 16 stories in Southways show less of Erskine Caldwell's customary satanic humor and forthright sexual symbolism, and because a number of them have appeared in such cautious magazines as the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, some readers may conclude that Caldwell is mellowing into a merely successful writer. Examined more closely, they warrant another guess. More skilful, briefer than Caldwell's last collection, Kneel to the Rising Sun (1935), they suggest that Caldwell is feeling his way toward a less stylized, less repetitious, more complex kind of writing.


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