Books: Idyll

THE WELL OF THE PAST (221 pp.)—Charles Norman—Doubleday ($2.75).

This is a simple story of a New York boy of middle-class background who becomes a poet, sails to South America and back on a freighter, has a love affair with a girl in Greenwich Village, and goes to Paris. It is one more report on that special subdivision of the American Dream in which poets, artists, musicians and other emancipated spirits defy the Philistines, have love affairs without tears, and go forth alone to meet a hostile and uncomprehending world.

Author Norman's story is a tale of Greenwich Village innocence, before Stalinism and...

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