Books: RECENT & READABLE, Sep. 3, 1951

Mr. Smith, by Louis Bromfield. Author Bromfield borrows Sinclair Lewis' old gloves and goes to work on the bruised midsection of the U.S. middle class; a fairly brisk exhibition, even though a lot of the punches land soft (TIME, Aug. 27).

Stand and Deliver, by Patrick Pringle. A jingly, lighthearted history of English highwaymen (TIME, Aug. 20).

Moonfleet, by J. Meade Falkner. First U.S. publication of a turn-of-the-century English classic about smugglers, diamonds and growing boys, for people who reread Treasure Island (TIME, Aug. 13).

The Cruel Sea, by Nicholas Monsarrat. A moving novel of...

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