Books: Idaho Prometheus (Cont'd)

WE ARE BETRAYED—Vardis Fisher—Doubleday, Doran & Ca—0n ($2.50).

Painfully haltingly, but with slowly increasing assurance, Vardis Fisher is giving the lie to one of his old instructors, Professor-Novelist Robert Herrick. who once told him he would never "write a novel worth opening." Last week readers who had long since shut Herrick's old-fashioned novels were opening Vardis Fisher's latest book with mingled anticipation and dread. After reading the first two volumes of his U. S. tetralogy (In Tragic Life, Passions Spin the Plot), they knew they could expect a vicariously agonizing experience, reported with...

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