Books: Beauty and the Beast

THE MANIAC RESPONSIBLE by Robert Cover. 222 pages. Grove Press. $4.50.

To an age brought up to believe that sexual finesse is almost as important a social grace as, say, good table manners, it sometimes comes as a shock to be reminded that lust is one of the seven deadly sins. Moralists who insist on this fact are likely to be regarded as bores, or boors, or both. One moralist, however, who runs no such risk is a cheerful, youthful novelist named Robert Gover.

In his book, The One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding (TIME, Nov. 9, 1962), Gover locked up a vacuum-packed college sophomore...

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