Books: Masterpiece at 24

REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE—Carson McCullers—Houghton Mifflin ($2).

Publishers often complain that the South writes more books than it buys. All over the U. S., static small-town life is the frustration and inspiration of bright young talents. But the South's small towns inspire the most feverish talents of all. Led by William Faulkner and Erskine Caldwell. Southerners write with brilliant intensity, but their subject matter runs to horror—sexual, psychological or economic.

The '20s, when the shrill horn of plenty was heard in the rest of the land, did little to cheer the literary consciousness of...

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