Books: Home-Grown Exotics

THE QUIET ENEMY by Cecil Dawkins. 214 pages. Atheneum. $4.50.

BY THE NORTH GATE by Joyce Carol Oates. 253 pages. Vanguard. $4.50.

One trouble with the short story is that it is short. Brevity is not respected by today's reading public, which tends to suspect that something that takes less than 350,000 words to say can hardly be worth saying. Despite this, a few persistent practitioners of the art of the brief tale carry on, though there are fewer and fewer magazines that will pay them more than prestige.

Those who persist tend to be young, female, and in love with a special region...

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