Fiction: Recent Books: Feb. 17, 1936

OLD MAN GREENLAW — Kenneth Payson Kempton — Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50). An amiable tale of crotchety down-East characters, complete with quirks, cranks, wiles.

IN DUBIOUS BATTLE — John Steinbeck — Covici, Friede ($2.50). Strike melodrama, fought with a fairly straight Left. Much more impressive performance than his overrated Tortilla Flat.

THE BALCONY — Adrian Bell — Simon & Schuster ($2.50). Minor-keyed, well-written story of English childhood; easier to take than Proust but not nearly so effective.

DARBY AND JOAN — Maurice Baring — Knopf ($2). Superficially serene tale of an aristocratic...

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