Books: Conceits

SABBATICAL. A ROMANCE

by John Bank

Putnam: 366 pages; $14.95

A teacher named Susan Rachel Allan Seckler Turner is planning a scholarly study of "Twins, Doubles and Schizophrenia in the American Literary Imagination.'" She is a twin. So is her husband, Fenwick Scott Key Turner. And so is their creator, Author John Earth, whose fiction (including this novel) fits admirably into Susan's thesis. Could it be that characters create their authors and art generates life? What if everyone is really living in someone else's dream?

Such shopworn conceits abound in Sabbatical, plus stories within...

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