Books: Kentucky Home-Coming

BLACK Is MY TRUELOVE'S HAIR—Elizabeth Madox Roberts—Viking ($2.50).

Blind alleys are familiar streets in literary biographies. Writers seem to lose their way just when they ought to be going strong—as Melville, after writing Moby Dick, turned out the weird, confused, unreadable Pierre. Sometimes writers escape quickly; sometimes, like Melville, they are gone for good. But when a writer begins to follow his genius up a blind alley, all that admirers can do is wait and hope they will return together.

That Elizabeth Madox Roberts was lost in one of these treacherous literary culs-de-sac became painfully...

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