Books: Cozzens Against the Grain

MORNING NOON AND NIGHT by James Gould Cozzens. 408 pages. Har-courf, Brace & World. $5.95.

The best novels of James Gould Coz zens (Guard of Honor, The Just and the Unjust) are like carefully preserved late-model Packards: grand and stately vehicles that are neither quite contemporary nor completely anachronistic. But always they are models of impeccable workmanship. In them Cozzens' highly polished prose style gleams like a Simonize job; his subtly conceived characterizations are spun like fine grillwork; and his intricately devised plots are so delicately tuned that they can hum and purr...

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