Books: Dleams of Grory

FOREIGN DEVILS by IRVIN FAUST 295 pages. Arbor House. $7.95.

Norris Blake is a flamboyant turn-of-the-century newspaper correspondent in the Herbert Bayard Swope tradition. Sidney Benson is a modest mid-century schoolteacher clarinetist, separated husband and blocked novelist of the 1960s who floats on nostalgia rather than tradition. Blake is a character in Benson's novel-in-progress. Both are characters in Irvin Faust's fourth novel, Foreign Devils, a typically Faustian fiction that generates considerable warmth by rubbing heroic fantasies against drab realities.

In a word, quixotic. Generous of mind and deed, Sid Benson tries to be reconciled with his wife, visits his aging mother at her...

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