Books: Young Man's Story

Young Man's Story

DAWN BREAKS THE HEART—William Davey—Howell, Soskin ($2.75).

The publishers of this first novel liken its discovery to the discovery of Thomas Wolfe. In both cases the so-called "discoverer" (literary agent) was Madeleine Boyd, the manuscript was some 800,000 words long, and the original was ruthlessly cut. Like Wolfe's, Davey's novel is also utterly autobiographical.

Davey's hero is Philip Bentham, an upper-class young man whose life he records from childhood through marriage. The book repeats the inevitable pattern of all such novels: parentage, early memories, school, pangs of puberty, the awakening...

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