Books: RECENT & READABLE, Oct. 12, 1953

The Doctor and the Devils, by Dylan Thomas. An outstanding film script inspired by the notorious case of the 19th century Edinburgh body snatchers, Burke and Hare, and the anatomist they worked for (TIME, Oct. 5).

The Renaissance, by Will Durant. Volume V of the ambitious popular survey of Western civilization which has engaged historian Durant for nearly 25 years 'TIME, Sept. 28).

Chekhov, by David Magarshack. A lively account of the short and passionate ife of Russia's greatest playwright (TIME, Sept. 28).

The Adventures of Augie March, by Saul Bellow. A Chicago tough guy discovers his destiny with the help of the larvard...

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