by JOHN LEONARD
254 pages. Doubleday. $6.95.
by JOHN GARDNER
314 pages. Knopf. $6.95.
You can't write a tragic novel about a man who didn't get a $3 raise. David Stacton, 1964
This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel. Horace Walpole, 1776
Among the considerable afflictions of the serious novel these days are fear of banality and a horror of sentiment. However skillfully they are written, there is often not enough at stake in contemporary novels to keep the mind and heart alive. Two...