Books: Slesinger Shorts

TIME: THE PRESENT—Tess Slesinger —Simon & Schuster ($2.50).

When Tess Slesinger's first novel, The Unpossessed, appeared last year (TIME, May 14, 1934), critics gave it three rousing cheers. But few thought it Dostoevskian, none noticed that its title was a salute to the Russian master. Critical consensus was that Author Slesinger was a wit, which did not mean that her story was altogether funny. Last week her second book, a collection of short stories, not only deepened but broadened the impression her first one made. In Time: The Present Author Slesinger shows herself the somewhat proud possessor of what professors call "creative...

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