Books: Two Versions

THE HAPPY MOUNTAIN—Maristan Chapman—Viking ($2.50).

KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN FANTASIES—Percy Mackaye — Longmans Green ($2.50).

"Driven to frenzy by the futility of outland interpretation I at last took up the work of their defense"—thus Mrs. Chapman on behalf of the Southern Mountaineers; and Outlander Mackaye is no doubt one of those who drove her to it. Certainly two interpretations could not differ more radically—Maristan Chapman's poignant novel of a reticent folk moving slowly to the rhythm of deep passions; and Percy Mackaye's lusty plays of primitive types with quick emotion and prompt voluble speech.

The Happy Mountain...