Books: RECENT & READABLE, Sep. 15, 1952

The Old Man and the Sea. A masterfully written story about a Cuban fisherman, which may be just what Ernest Hemingway thinks it is: the best work he has ever done (TIME, Sept. 8).

Sam Clemens of Hannibal, by Dixon Wecter. The late editor of the unpublished Mark Twain Papers shows how much Clemens' youth contributed to the golden dream of boyhood in Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (TIME. Sept. 1).

The Canterbury Tales. A versification by Nevill Coghill, preserving much of the lusty, 14th-century tone of the original Chaucer in a rendering as witty and up-to-date as the conversation of a 20th-century...

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