Books: Genius

KETTLE — Gustav Eckstein — Harper ($2.50).

Unless the author has a touch of it himself, stories about genius are not apt to be convincing. Kettle is. A fable of art's morality, which is very different from the world's, its values are as black-&-white as a fairytale's, its faith as strong as a child's.

Vladimir Munck, as his name indicated, was an American, but he was also and primarily a musician. His father started him playing the kettledrum when he was 4; later he went abroad to study piano. He worked hard, returned to the U. S. and began to make a name...

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