Books: The Weather of the Heart

CHILDREN ARE BORED ON SUNDAY (252 pp.)—Jean Stafford—Harcourf, Brace ($3).

The great modern novelists, beginning with Dostoevsky, have probed the broad mysteries of men's souls; the finest of today's short-story writers usually probe into the remote corners of the heart. Preferably the heart should be broken, guilty or sick, but at the very least it must be troubled. One of the finest heart specialists now practicing in U.S. short fiction is Jean Stafford. A meticulous workman, she makes no quack's diagnosis, and the cases she has taken on have been few. Her favorites make up the table of contents of Children Are...

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