Books: Novel of a Midwest Town

KINGS Row — Henry Bellamann —Simon & Schusfer ($2.75).

The small Midwest town of the buggy days has long awaited a novelist who could see it steadily and whole. Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, for all its savor, its dusty truth, was only a bucketful of that subject. Authentic handfuls may be found in Booth Tarkington, Willa Gather, Edgar Lee Masters. Kings Row, an intelligent attempt to cover the whole ground, is worthy of respect and worth reading, but it is not the hoped-for article.

Author Bellamann knows his locale because he was born there—in Fulton,...

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