Books: Mainiac

TRENDING INTO MAINE—Kenneth Roberts—Little, Brown ($4).

Up to now the most aggressive U. S. provincial patriots have been the Southern regionalists (Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, et al.). But in his five Maine-grounded historical novels (Arundel, The Lively Lady, Captain Caution, Rabble in Arms, Northwest Passage) Kenneth Roberts has gradually overtaken them. In Trending Into Maine he definitely shows the Southerners his heels.

An omnibus volume, illustrated with 14 romantic paintings by N. C. Wyeth, part real-estate ad, part history, part guide book, all of it unadulterated Mainiac bragging, Trending Into Maine aims belligerently...

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