Books: Private Light

A TREE OF NIGHT AND OTHER STORIES (209 pp.)—Truman Capofe—Random House ($2.75).

Many writers need to live with their experiences for ten or 15 years before they can make first-class fiction out of them. If this is true of 24-year-old Truman Capote, it could explain why the two best stories in this collection are about remarkable ten-and twelve-year-olds. These two stories, Children on Their Birthdays and Jug of Silver, are written with full sympathy for their juveniles and an effortless command of the scene. They could become small classics of their kind.

Capote's style is pure and free from writer's cramp in dealing...

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