Books: Friend of Ghosts

GHOSTS IN AMERICAN HOUSES (229 pp.) —James Reynolds—Farrar, Straus & Cudahy ($12.50).

James Reynolds is an author (Fabulous Spain), artist, and friend of ghosts. Some years ago, he set out to paint a gallery of outstanding American homes, but before long, he was more interested in the haunts than in the houses. The result is as lively and eerie a procession of American spooks as the reader will encounter in a month of Halloweens.

This is a thoroughly democratic company, with aristocrats and harlots, gutter murderers and great ladies rattling their bones together in funereal camaraderie.

There are famous figures such as Mad Anthony...

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