Books: Ancient Contest

THE AERODROME by Rex Warner. 302 pages. Atlantic-Little Brown. $5.95.

In a modest way, the allegorical novels of Rex Warner have enjoyed a steady vogue in England since he began writing them there in the 1930s. This reissue of The Aerodrome, first published in England in 1941 and in America in 1947, will give readers in the U.S., where Warner has had no vogue, a chance to judge the publisher's claim that it is a "minor classic." It may not be a classic, but neither is it minor.

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