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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!