Books: Rainbow Before Storm

A CHILDHOOD—Hans Carossa—Cape & Smith ($2).

"The Child is father of the Man," said Poet Wordsworth. Author Carossa, a lung-disease specialist since 1903, seconds Wordsworth. "The things one has loved and done in the first ten years of life one will always love and always do." What he himself loved and did, told with classic deftness and grace, makes up a fairy tale that everybody, even psychoanalysts, will find strangely beautiful and true.

Born in Upper Bavaria in 1878, he has first-memories of the views from his bedroom window, from the frame of which swung...

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