Books: Old Heresy, New Version

KING JESUS (424 pp.)—Robert Graves —Creative Age ($3).

The story of Jesus Christ, told once & for all in the Gospels, has never since been altered, diminished or improved. Few have felt themselves competent to try;* none has succeeded. The latest attempter is Robert Graves, good poet, practical literary workman and mighty leaper-to-conclusions.

It was almost bound to happen. Graves has been interested for years in the Imperial Roman period and the Near East into which Jesus Christ was born. Graves has written ingeniously learned novels about Rome (I, Claudius), Byzantium (Count Belisarius), the...

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