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THERE WAS A TIME (471 pp.)—Taylor Caldwell—Scribner ($3).

"May foamed ... on every street. . . . Spring had tossed her pale green garments on every branch. . . . Long beams of sun fell across [Frank Clair's] thin white hands [which] lay on his coat, still, flaccid. . . . His eyes moved too slowly in their pits of dark shadow."

Pitted, flaccid Frank Clair is the hero of a new novel by Janet Miriam Taylor Caldwell, whose previous novels (This Side of Innocence, The Eagles Gather, Dynasty of Death, etc.) have rung up a...

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