Books: Auntly Sentiment

OLD-FASHIONED TALES-Zona Gale-Appleton-Century ($2.50).

Men may improve with the years, but most writers, after they have passed middle age, do not. The transformation of generous talents into sere opinionatedness is a recurrent phenomenon each generation recognizes, but only in its predecessors. Authoress Gale, no ten-talent writer, still possesses the tenderness of her youth, but it has grown a little mushy, auntly sentimental. Practice makes pat and Authoress Gale knows better than ever how to put her gentle, everyday stories together. Some of them:

When it came to a showdown, Marda found that Mother knew...

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