Books: A Second Look

Publishers flooded the market with more than 30,000 fiction and nonfiction titles during the past year. Inevitably, many worthwhile volumes were passed over by readers and critics, TIME'S reviewers included. Some of the books deserving a second look:

WILLIAM JAMES by Gay Wilson Allen. 556 pages. Viking. $10.

For all that has been written about William James, psychologist, philosopher, teacher and author, nothing as good as this full-length biography has appeared before. Author Allen, an English professor at New York University and a skilled biographer of Walt Whitman, presents James's complex character with the...

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