Books: Codes of Honor the Old Forest, and Other Stories

by Peter Taylor Dial; 358 pages; $16.95

Only two of these 14 pieces have not already appeared somewhere in Peter Taylor's six previous collections of short stories. But this is, essentially, a new book. Much of Taylor's earlier work is now difficult or impossible to buy; small printings were snapped up by his band of devoted readers and were not, as a rule, reissued. So The Old Forest supplies something that is unavailable in the literary marketplace. And the selection of these stories reveals a continuity and cohesion in Taylor's art that were less visible before. The settings are similar: the U.S. South during the 1930s and '40s,...

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