Books: War, Love & Bookworm

THE FOUNTAIN — Charles Morgan —Knopf ($2.50).

A rare sprout in the English literary herbarium is the philosophical romance: perhaps its most famed flowering is the late Joseph Henry Shorthouse's John Inglesant. Author Morgan's novel, acclaimed with broad "Ahs!" in England, the June choice of the U. S. Book-of-the-Month Club, twigs from the same literary branch. In a rhythmic, hypnotic style it shows philosophic conceptions rising in the lives of its main characters, those characters' lives falling back on philosophical conceptions.

When, early in the War, Lewis Alison is imprisoned with other captive...

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