Fiction: Recent Books: Sep. 19, 1938

MAINE BALLADS—Robert P. Tristram Coffin—Macmillan ($2). Poet Coffin thinks that "the materials for ballads are still being made up every day out of the whole cloth of human nature." This good-tempered, able-bodied collection of folksy poems, is made up out of some State-of-Maine-colored fragments from human nature's rural rag bag.

A NEW ANTHOLOGY OF MODERN POETRY—Edited by Selden Rodman—Random House ($3). A generous assortment of modern verse, with biographical notes on all the writers represented, and an enthusiastic if somewhat cockerel-sure introduction to contemporary poetics—all aimed to give readers a leg-up on Pegasus. Most readers will like Editor Rodman and his...