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THE LIGHTWOOD TREE (378 pp.)—Berry Fleming—Lippincotf ($3).

Small politics usually make small novels, and The Lightwood Tree is no exception to the rule. Yet from the politics of his home town, Berry Fleming of Augusta, Ga. has succeeded in distilling enough of the historical essence of U.S. freedom and civil liberties to give The Lightwood Tree a realistic urgency rare among Southern novels outside the field of the race problem. The explanation is easy: large, balding Berry Fleming is a successful political operator himself. He was the intellectual sparkplug of a daring and determined...

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