Books: RECENT & READABLE, Jan. 1, 1951

The Thirteen Clocks, by James Thurber. A thoroughly satisfying fairy tale in which the prince and the princess out-maneuver the wicked Duke to an accompaniment of gleeps, glups, guggles and, possibly, inner meanings (TIME, Dec. 25).

The Telegraph, by Stendhal. Book Two of Stendhal's "third masterpiece," Lucien Leuwen; a savage and witty satire on the bourgeois monarchy of Louis Philippe (TIME, Dec. 25).

The Blue and the Gray, edited by Henry Steele Commager. Two memorable volumes of letters, memoirs and journalism by Americans who fought and lived the Civil War; a participants' account by...

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