Books: Soul-Searcher

THE MIDDLE OF THE JOURNEY (310 pp.) —Lionel Trilling—Viking ($3).

Professional critics are rarely light enough on their feet to write good fiction themselves. Columbia University's Lionel Trilling has tried, and sometimes succeeded. The Other Margaret, his best short story, has become a small classic on the life of Manhattan "liberal" intellectuals and their children. Now he has written his first novel. It gets its title from the opening words of The Divine Comedy,* but in other ways has nothing in common with Dante. It is, in fact, a good and honest novel about the modern inability to accept such a hell...

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