Books: Psychotic

HANGOVER SQUARE -Patrick Hamilton -Random House ($2.50).

Hangover Square, by the author of two hair-raising plays -Rope's End (1929) and this winter's Angel Street -is a psychiatric case history written as a horror story. Its victim, George Harvey Bone, is a big, bewildered Englishman who suffers from "dead moods." Textbooks would call him a schizophrenic. When George meets Netta, a beauty who has the torpid heartlessness of a late Roman Emperor, he collapses into a state of slavery which is emotionally uninhabitable. When Netta and her friends persecute George, just for the fun of it, his "spells," once mere vacant withdrawals from...

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