Books: Craig's Life

DWIGHT CRAIG (398 pp.) — Donald MacRae—Houghton Mifflin ($2.75).

With a little salt and some heavy editing, this latest Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship novel might have been a sort of Elmer Gantry of the U.S. teaching world. It tells the story of Dwight Craig, who, in the corn-country hick town where he hailed from, was known as Snookums. Then he was that nasty Mr. Craig who teaches high-school math. A few years later, he was the great, stately Doctor Craig, president of Western State University, an educational bureaucrat if there ever was one, from his cameo ring to his fruity smile.

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