Books: For Reading Aloud

SAM SMALL FLIES AGAIN-Eric Knight -Harper ($2.50).

The stories in this unpretentious book have that rare quality of truly democratic fiction: like stories by Mark Twain and Kipling and Dickens, they read even better aloud than silently, and are for almost any reader, of almost any age. Though Eric Knight invented them, they seem like genuine English folk tales. Their further virtues are rich characterizations; equal ease with fantasy and realism; dialect which is never phony, always funny.

Hero is a stubby, handle-bar-whiskered old Yorkshireman named Sam Small, a former millworker who invented the Small Self-Doffing Spindle and retired. He and his round,...

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