Books: Storyteller

IT MAY NEVER HAPPEN (182 pp.)—V. S. Pritchett—Reynal & Hitchcock ($2.50).

The habit of judging other men's books seems to dry up a critic's ability to write effective fiction of his own. But not in Victor Sawdon Pritchett's case. The 14 stories in It May Never Happen are proof that a first-rate critic may also become a fine storyteller. Pritchett's reviews in London's liberal New Statesman and Nation are highbrow; they are also incisive and discriminating. Pritchett considers his story writing "an endless chewing of the cud of experience, an effort to digest;...

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