Books: Corkers

CRAB APPLE JELLY — Frank O'Connor —Knopf ($2.50).

Michael O'Donovan, Cork-born in 1903, got off the mark so fast that he tried to publish his "collected works" at the age of twelve. Later, having adopted the pseudonym of Frank O'Connor, he published several novels and plays, some verse, a biography of Irish Revolutionary Michael Collins, and a host of short stories that critics have called the best in Ireland since James Joyce's Dubliners. "O'Connor," said the late great William Butler Yeats, "is doing for Ireland what Chekov did for Russia."

Crab Apple Jelly contains a dozen simple, tart tales of the men,...

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