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 Charlesand lonely from puttering in the labmakes 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 debatelife-as-reason-and-light v. life-as-Dionysian-flameis on. No novelist could improve upon Richard (Golk) Stern's inventory of what Merriwether has to lose. The Stern Cambridge is...