Books: Swamp Idyll

QUIVERING EARTH (248 pp.)—Wilma Russ—McKay ($3).

Like many of her fellow U.S. citizens fan estimated 1,000,000), Mrs. Wilma Russ of Mariana, Fla. had written a lot of fiction in her early years without ever getting any of it published. Since she had reached middle age, it seemed less & less likely that any of it ever would be. So when the Boy Scouts came around collecting wastepaper, Mrs. Russ philosophically donated a boxful of her manuscripts. Obeying some obscure impulse, she held back one unfinished novel. When her duties as a small-hotel owner permitted, she finished it and called it Quivering Earth.

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