Books: Neo-Romantic

MY NEXT BRIDE—Kay Boyle—Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

Last week Author Kay Boyle published a book at least a hundred years old. No copycat, she simply revealed the historical fact that she and her fellow-romanticists (Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner) have succeeded in bringing off a 20th Century Romantic Revival. Like their early 19th Century predecessors, they have rediscovered the romanticism of the neurotic. To a generation that discusses nightmares in daylight, the nightmare-stuff these writers handle seems the only thing that dreams are made of.

Author Boyle, neoRomantic, writes of queer people, queer doings. My...

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