Books: Land of Johnsonese

WINTER ORCHARD AND OTHER STORIES —Josephine Johnson—Simon & Schuster ($2.50).

With her Pulitzer Prizewinning novel, Now in November, Josephine Johnson impressed some critics as a writer possessed of fine sentiments and a talent for description rather than of a strong imagination and a firm grasp of character. Her farmers and their boys and girls, tense, neurotic, esthetically inclined individuals whose emotional boiling points were low, were constantly being shaken by brief but elemental passions which were all out of proportion to any apparent cause. In moments of peace and release they seemed to...

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