Books: RECENT & READABLE, Jan. 28, 1952

The Confident Years (1885-1915], by Van Wyck Brooks. Fifth and concluding volume of Critic Brooks's guided tour of U.S. literature (TIME, Jan. 7).

Barabbas, by Par Lagerkvist. The story of a reprieved cutthroat who was haunted to the end by the memory of Golgotha ; a fine novel by the 1951 Nobel Prizewinner (TIME, Dec. 3).

Closing the Ring. Volume V of Winston Churchill's incomparable history of World War II (TIME, Nov. 26).

Gods, Graves & Scholars, by C. W.

Ceram. The big men and big moments of modern archeology; proof that digging can be dramatic (TIME, Nov. 12).

The Conformist, by Alberto Moravia.

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