Books: Mixed Fiction, Jun. 15, 1959

A TRAVELLING WOMAN, by John Wain (207 pp.; St. Martin's; $3.95).

Perhaps because he grew up in a drab manufacturing area near Manchester and once wrote about a young man making love to a doxy in an outhouse, Novelist John Wain, 34, has been tarred by British critics with the feathers of the Angry Young Men. Novelist Wain rejects the label—and with good reason. With this novel about marital infidelity as practiced by England's rootless middle class, he identifies himself with a school that looks back not in anger but in languor.

The La Ronde-styled plot revolves around a desiccated young...

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