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 - - LITERARY GUIDEPOST By John Selby ~~-*****...
- LITERARY GUIDEPOST By John Selby ~~-***** "Blaok Is My Truflove's Hair," by Klizabeth Madox Roberts; (Viking: $2.50). ! i | j A great many novelists probably would Rive their right ear to bo able to produce prose with tho singing quality of Elizabeth Madox Roberts. . otcd to advertise books—it calls Tho book trade has a name for tin! sort of reviews that can bo (Hi them "selling review." This review[ er never produces them if he can avoid it, and prefers to tell only the fuel. At the risk of breaking his rule, ho must say here that at its best Miss Roberts' prose is equal to the finest being written today. Its rhythmic quality, Its curiously musi- i cal "sound," and its firmness are not to be surpassed. This encomium holds for "Black is My True-love's Hair," which after a i ! a a long silence Miss Roberts has pro- j duced. Jt Is a Kentucky story in ; which-to reduce tho story to Us ;' least common denominator-the chief j chararter is "ruined," returns to face ! the music, lives under the threat of depth for a long period, finds her- I self in love and at tho end resolves I Her problem in a manner typical of Miss Roberts, and. also of life. It is difficult to suggest thc utter reality of tho heroine, whoso name Is Uena. ]t has been a long while since, the day by day lifo of a Kentucky girl lias been so beautifully described. Because of tho restraint with which the darker elements of tho story are, handled, Delia stays always a acter in a. story. The people about her. particularly her sister Fronia and Cam, the boy she eventually finds to replace the with whom she ran away, are irl, never becomes a char- j 1 ono equally genuine. Once In a while the bardic urge overcomes tho author, especially in the curious interchanges between Dcnu, and Cam's father, a miller who plays the guitar and sings ballads. There is even a symbol or two lying about, notably Nat Journeyman, in whoso orchard most of the neighborhood's illicit lovemaking goes on. But these do not stop the swing and flow of Miss Roberts' story, nor obscure tho truthfulness of the detail which gives tho story much of its reality. This is something which could have, happened. It is described with candor. Tho rninds of the participants are laid bare in all their beauty—or otherwise. However. Miss Roberts should not speak of a "deep" tenor voice. Canton, Pa., Oct. 13— OP)— A wild pheasant died just outside the State Liquor Store, but alcoholism was not the cause. The bird broke its neck i against a plate glass window in a head-on crash after a swift flight along Main Street.

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  1. The Record-Argus,
  2. 14 Oct 1938, Fri,
  3. Page 2

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