Books: Harvard Square

OTHER MEN'S DAUGHTERS

by RICHARD G. STERN

244 pages. Dut+on. $6.95.

Dr. Robert Merriwether, a Harvard professor, 42, still fit from sculling on the Charles—and lonely from puttering in the lab—makes the familiar, by now ritualistic slip. While wife and children splash off the coast of Maine, he has an affair with a Radcliffe summer student, a girl young enough, as the saying goes, to be his daughter.

"Habits get you through life, not into it," Merriwether cries, and the male-menopausal debate—life-as-reason-and-light v. life-as-Dionysian-flame—is on. No novelist could improve upon Richard (Golk) Stern's inventory of what Merriwether has to lose. The Stern Cambridge is...

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