Fiction: Recent Books: May 4, 1936

WOMAN ALIVE—Susan Ertz—Appleton-Century ($2). Recommended particularly for women pacifists, this sketch of the world in 1985 is a bitter indictment of male stupidity. Author Ertz foresees a civilization which has mastered the art of living but still resorts to war. Following the use of a new type of poison gas in a short but destructive international conflict, all females but one die of a mysterious disease, leaving the men in wild despair. The accidental survivor becomes queen of England and hope of the world.

BEYOND SING THE WOODS—Trygve Gulbranssen—Putnam ($2.50). The saga of a powerful Norwegian family which dominates...

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