Books: The Bishop Was No Lady

THE FAIR SISTER by Wi//iam Goyen. 104 pages. Doub/eday. $3.50.

What goes on behind the sad facades of the store-front churches of evangelical sects in the Negro ghettos of great cities in the eastern U.S. is almost unknown to literature for the simple reason that both priests and parishioners are not literary people; often, indeed, they are barely literate. James Baldwin was a notable exception. But William Goyen, a white, 42-year-old Texan who never tried to save anybody, gives a far more readable and enjoyable account of Negro evangelists than Baldwin, who was one....

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