Books: A Devil with the Women

THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN (340 pp.)—Aldous Huxley—Harper ($4).

In the course of the year 1631, in the little French town of Loudun, an entire convent of Ursuline nuns went insane, or rather, to use the analytical term of that day, they were possessed by devils. And since the chiefest of these was a demon of desire for the parish priest—a dashing esthete adored by the women of the town and detested by their husbands—it was indisputably evident to the man's enemies that he was a wizard, and that something had to be done about him....

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