Books: A Case of Forced Faith

THE RECTOR OF JUSTIN by Louis Auchincloss. 341 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $4.95.

After writing several urbane, rather thin novels about people with too much money, Louis Auchincloss has now written a much meatier novel about a man with too many morals: the puritanical headmaster of a New England boys' school.

Francis Prescott is about to retire after 55 years as rector of Justin Martyr school, and his life is narrated by people who have known him: students, teachers, family. For the leisurely first half of the book only his admirers comment on him, and...

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