Books: Glitter & Gold

Three (191 pp.)—William Sansom—Reynal & Hitchcock ($2.50).

William Sansom is one of the morning stars among younger English prose writers. He has a gift for magic glitter that at times approaches that of one of his current literary enthusiasms, the young Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas (TIME, Dec. 2). He also has the more durable gold of an original imagination. When both are kept in hand, he can write a story with all the finely selected observation (though not the humanity) of Flaubert. The Cleaner's Story, first in this book, is like that.

The narrator, a gentlewoman who has come down in the world,...

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