Books: RECENT & READABLE, Jan. 5, 1953

Michelangelo, by Giovanni Papini. A new biography of the great Florentine; vigorous, often argumentative, almost always absorbing (TIME, Dec. 22).

The Complete Poems and Plays, by T. S. Eliot. The 61 poems and three verse plays that have earned their author the right to be known as the most influential poet of his day (TIME, Dec. 22).

The Last Resorts, by Cleveland Amory. An agreeably Hghthearted historian applies a social stethoscope to Newport, Bar Harbor. Saratoga, Palm Beach and other aging resorts of the rich (TIME, Nov. 17).

Men at Arms, by Evelyn Waugh. An increasingly serious satirist turns to World War II...