Books: The Hidden Artist

THE BEST TIMES by John Dos Passos. 229 pages. New American Library. $5.

WORLD IN A GLASS, Selections from John Dos Passos. 440 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $6.95.

John Dos Passos, a literary Lazarus at 70, is being revived from the dead during his own lifetime.

Esteemed in the '20s, famous in the '30s, Dos Passos in the '40s almost underwent extinction of reputation such as befell Britain's John Galsworthy or America's Joseph Hergesheimer — two popular near-contemporaries who, as far as today's public is concerned, might just as well have written in Sumerian cuneiform.

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