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think the now. rfa'ft used you was in and their the testify become so familiar the they they sang is the afternoon riow as I that McLean, tcs- the a me they lias L tlie bid; '111 ' 1 • HIGHLIGHTS FROM LATEST BOOKS By JOHN SELBY "NOT BY STRANGE GODS," by Elizabeth Madox Roberts; (Viking: $2.50). As this was being written Elizabeth .Madox Roberts died in Qrlan- do, Pla.; where'she had gorie to escape the Kentucky winter cold for some yeSrs. It was coincidence that she diet] a few days before ,the release of lief latest book of short stories, "Not By Strange' Gods." It is also a loss to American writing. Miss, Roberts' talent was a • very personal .talent, in that she never 'tried, to' encompass any experience beyond that open to a relatively small gi'oup. But is was universal as well, because she was able to write so; that the doings of the people" in whom she was intere'sted acquired interest for all people pf sensitive mind. This is "true'of the six stories in "Not By Strange Gods." Miss Roberts liked to write of people whose experience of the world was small, a'nd people whose ortiits were restricted in a physical sense. All the people she included in the new book are Kentuckians who never had left Kentucky; not all are backwpbdsmeri, but only two of the six stories deal with people in what the world would call even moderate circumstances—"I. Love My Bonnie Bride," and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." These'two 1 stories also are the oh-- ly ones in which town life has much part, and tliey are both very slight stories.- One is an elaborate'ed ahec-i dote about a bridegroom delayed by a snowstorm; another is a frail piece in .which a boy buys cigarettes and'is tortured with the fear that he may be called up to testify before a grand jury against the : man who sold them to- him illegally. •• But with Miss Roberts this 'restricted field is deliberate, arid quite likely • it wis chosen for a specific purpose —that is, to withdraw her characters from the world sufficiently to enable them to speak 1 in a curious; semi-poetic way, ; and' to make them stand as symbols/-Moss is every boy adjusting himself 'to living; Patty : is every girl hopelesssly faithful to her husband-to-be; Rhody js every giii benumbed by tlie implications of the physical aspects of marriage; Perry is every young girl who-has been married too young to a man too old. i • These and other things have given almbst all of Miss Roberts' work a timeless q<jallty :: which' will,keep it'alive long; filter'most''of our.con- temporary writers liave b'eeri f6rgot- teh. lliey So not necessarily make her work great, but, they make it memorable. Cranium > SIKH-IS Trophies . Besides tlic thrills and physical benefits .to be gained from various sports, there is usually A trophy or the in No . . one do are are dp fun is. etc. pans . be : flier etc, will . . man, me, the are flivver Will roof, somebody net for I . - of a •have

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  1. Pampa Daily News,
  2. 26 Mar 1941, Wed,
  3. Page 9

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