Books: Moneymania

HOUSE OF ALL NATIONS—Christina Stead—Simon & Schuster ($3).

Christina Stead is a 35-year-old Australian novelist who has been a critics' favorite, a popular failure. According to Rebecca West she is "one of the few people really original we have produced since the War." According to Clifton Fadiman she is "the most extraordinary woman novelist produced by the English-speaking race since Virginia Woolf." If readers ignore her latest novel, House of All Nations, they will have to do so in the way a pedestrian ignores a landslide in the road—by walking around it.

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