Books: Ye Olde New England

RAINBOW ON THE ROAD (343 pp.)—Esther Forbes — Houghton Mifflin ($3.75).

Esther Forbes has spent her writing career (28 years, eleven books) spading up the New England past. One of her books (Paul Revere and The World He Lived In) took the 1942 Pulitzer Prize in history; another (The Running of the Tide) won the 1947 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $150,000 novel contest. Regional devotion comes naturally to Esther Forbes, daughter of a pre-Revolutionary Massachusetts clan, one of whose 17th-century members died in jail while awaiting trial for witchcraft. There is little witchcraft, unfortunately, in Author...

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