Books: RECENT & READABLE, Mar. 30, 1953

Holmes-Laski Letters, edited by Mark DeWolfe Howe. Nearly 1,500 pages of learning, gossip and friendly controversy between a skeptical old Brahmin and a Marxist intellectual (TIME, March 23).

The Man Whistler, by Hesketh Pearson. A brisk, anecdotal portrait of the 19th century painter and eccentric (TIME, March 23).

Five Gentlemen of Japan, by Frank Gibney. A searching book about the Japanese, told around the lives & times of an admiral, a farmer, a newspaperman, a steel worker and the Emperor (TIME, March 16).

The Happy Rural Seat, by George Lanning. A brilliant first novel on the subject of the unlived life, with fresh variations...

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