Books: Mixed Fiction, Apr. 15, 1957

THE OBSESSION OF EMMET BOOTH, by Martha Albrand (240 pp.; Random House: $3.50), is a psychological suspense story, and the suspense derives from the question whether Beauty will succumb to the Beast. The Beauty of the story, widow of a paragonish professor, is Miranda Page, who looks like something out of Harper's Bazaar but talks like something out of Harper's Magazine. The Beast is not really beastly, merely unpleasant: Emmet Booth is nearly 50, short, balding, a self-made millionaire of lowly origins whose monster of an inferiority feeling must be appeased by constant...

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