Books: The Cropleigh Saga

THE VELVET HORN (373 pp.)—Andrew Lytle—McDowell, Obolensky ($3.95).

Most Southern authors have a marked tendency to breathe harder than other writers, especially when they tackle historical fiction. Out of the huffing and puffing come purple imagery, melodrama of incest and murder, sentence structure as involuted as an express highway cloverleaf. The dividend from this school of writing is that the reader achieves a total immersion in the scene; the danger is that he may drown in words. Fortunately, Author Lytle (of Murfreesboro, Tenn.) comes up for air every now and then, and gets on...

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