Books: Old Hat, New Coat

THE ROBE—Lloyd C. Douglas—Houghton Mifflin ($2.75).

When Lloyd Douglas (Magnificent Obsession, Disputed Passage) was a little boy, his parson father used to tell him Bible stories. Says Author Douglas: "If he needed to throw in a little drama to make the story even more interesting, why he threw it in."

Son Lloyd mastered the trick. The Robe (Christ's cloak) is a story of the past in modern dress. It describes the conversion to Christianity and martyr's death of Tribune Marcellus Gallic (the Roman who carried out Pilate's order to crucify Jesus) and the life of Marcellus' faithful Greek slave and bodyguard...

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