Books: Old and Dirty

THE IMPREGNABLE WOMEN—Eric Link-later—Farrar & Rinehart ($2.50).

Extravagant admirers of Britain's skittish Eric Linklater have not hesitated to compare him to Aristophanes. Author Linklater's picaresque, satirical novels (Juan in America, Magnus Merriman et al.) were full of bawdy humor and a blithe unconcern for English notions of propriety. But last week, when he published a new-fashioned novelist's version of Aristophanes' Lysistrata, critics concluded that the Scot was no match for the Greek on his own ground.

Aristophanes was sick of the Peloponnesian War when it started. Twenty years later, in 411 B.C., he was...

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