Books: Poet's Mystery

THE BEAST MUST DIE—Nicholas Blake —Harper ($2).

Five years ago, attentive U. S. watchers of British literary skies noted the appearance of young Cecil Day Lewis in a constellation of Oxford poets whose brightest star was Wystan Hugh Auden. Few watchers knew, however, that in addition to writing leftish lyrics, Poet Lewis also wrote detective stories under the name of Nicholas Blake—well-plotted affairs such as There's Trouble Brewing and A Question of Proof. This week, his latest murder mystery appeared with both his name and pseudonym on the jacket. This may have been...

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