Books: Perfumed Lament

BRIGHT DAY (286 pp.)—J. B. Priesfley —Harper ($2.50).

Writes Author Priestley: "Quite definitely it is my own favorite among all the novels I have done, and it is the one I would choose to be judged by as a novelist."

Most readers will have a hard time finding any appreciable difference between the new Bright Day and such earlier efforts as The Good Companions and Angel Pavement. Changeless Author Priestley is still his typically British 'arf-an'-'arf self —half an able, warmhearted craftsman whose values rest on beef and decency, half a left-of-center propagandist,...

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