Books: Change in Gold

NICKEL MISERIES (210 pp.)—Ivan Gold —Viking ($3.95).

Many a talent has first sprouted in the subsidized soil of the little magazines and lived to proliferate in the world of letters at large. Will it happen to Ivan Gold?

Gold's first story, A Change of Air, appeared in the Columbia Review ten years ago. Its material was a little special: it concerned the statutory rape, 160 times during 70 hours by a total of 53 persons ("the entire membership of the Werewolves, their younger brothers and friends"), of a girl named Bobbie Bedmer, who had become tired of working in a button factory....

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