Books: American Myth

RAINTREE COUNTY (1,066 pp.) — Ross Lockridge Jr. — Houghton Mifflin ($3.95).

This first book is the impressive result of a bold, if not wholly successful, effort to write the Great American Novel. It is also the latest and plainest sign that native American and recent European traditions of art and thought can flow together and that this cultural Mississippi, though full of snags and shallows, may be one of the brightest things moving in the world. Raintree County is a historical novel of Indiana by an Indiana boy; it is also a philosophical...

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