Books: RECENT & READABLE, Apr. 20, 1953

The Vagrant Mood, by Somerset Maugham. Half a dozen gossipy sketches and essays on some of the friends and interests of a lifetime (TIME, April 6).

Count d'Orgeí, by Raymond Radiguet.

Three people locked in a triangle of sensibilities; by a French literary prodigy who died at 20 (TIME, March 30).

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).

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,...

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