Books: Neo-Gothic

SEVEN GOTHIC TALES—Isak Dinesen—Smith & Haas ($2.50).

This week U. S. readers got a real treat when for once they were offered a book that would neither harrow their feelings, shame their social consciences, shock their susceptibilities nor arouse their baser impulses. Worlds apart from the concerns of their everyday lives, Seven Gothic Tales opens a window on a refreshingly different world—the world of "Isak Dinesen." Like their romantically pseudonymous author, these seven stories are romantic, but with a difference. Each has the depth of a well-conceived novel. Removed from the U. S. reader in time (the 19th Century) and place (Italy,...