Books: Stories Through Plate Glass

THE WORLD Is A WEDDING (196 pp.) —Delmore Schwartz—New Directions ($2.75).

These quiet stories of middle-class Jewish families in New York may seem at first almost too transparently told. But most readers will soon recognize the art in the telling, the overtones of irony and pathos produced by the right clichés, in the right places. With these stories Poet Delmore Schwartz should take his place among the dozen or so most accomplished young U.S. writers (he is 34).

A kind of studied coyness and poeticism occasionally flaws a prose that is otherwise like a...

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