Fiction: Recent Books: Mar. 1, 1937

PARADISE — Esther Forbes — Harcourt, Brace ($2.50). Historical romance of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; a good rousing yarn of pioneers, Puritans, lycanthropy, platonic love, King Philip's War.

THE BOYS IN THE BACK ROOM—Jules Romains—McBrlde ($2). Long-winded Novelist Romains takes time off from his big work-in-progress (Men of Good Will, TIME, July 13 et ante) to write this rather painfully jolly interlude about some bright young Parisian pals who loved to drink and play intricate practical jokes.

FORTY CENTURIES LOOK DOWN — F. Britten Austin—Stokes ($2.50). Historically accurate, interesting but awkward novel of Napoleon's...

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