Books: The Taming of Ohio

THE TOWN (433 pp.)—Conrad Richter —Knopf ($3.50).

Even in the hands of a second-rater, few stories can grip the American imagination so much as that of the pioneer, his hardships, his courage, his eccentricities. Once in a while, a really good writer retells it and then the pioneer's story seems as fresh as the land he settled. Such a writer is Conrad Richter, a 59-year-old Pennsylvanian who also spends part of his time in New Mexico. Though his novels lack the color of A. B. Guthrie Jr.'s The Way West (TIME, Oct. 17), they...

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