Books: Ralph Disney Emerson

THE PASSION OF ROBERT BRONSON by J. M. Alonso. 236 pages. McCall. $5.95.

This is for the last of the New England-novel readers—the people who have stayed the course from The Scarlet Letter to The Late George Apley. These hardy few may recall no more demanding reading along the route; by comparison with Bronson, Henry James' The Bostonians is an act of primer realism. But what a brilliant, erratic goodbye this book is to all those Puritan ghosts who, for two centuries of fiction, have haunted the Concord woods and the cobbled streets of Beacon...

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