Books: Itches Without Scratches

FEAR & TREMBLING—Glenway Wescott —Harper ($3.50).

"In search of music, ... a certain warmth of welcome, and museums with clean pictures, in all of which France is poor," four intelligentsiacs last summer deserted Paris to tour central Europe in an automobile. Novelist Wescott was along and, like a good intelligentsiac, kept his head rambling with the car. As the landscape from Paris to Bamberg flits before his eyes, thoughts on literature, religion, mankind-in-general flit behind. These he sets down deferentially "in fear and trembling" at generalizing on such knotty themes.

Considering the modern scene Author Wescott, like the late Gospeler David Herbert Lawrence,...

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