A NOVEL, A NOVELLA AND FOUR STORIES by Andrew Lytle

A NOVEL, A NOVELLA AND FOUR STORIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The publication date celebrates the first anniversary for this firm whose first book was Lytle's well-received The Velvet Horn. The title is self-explanatory -- there are four short stories, three stemming from the South and its heritage and the fourth is centered on an incident during the Conquest of Mexico; the novella also is based on the Conquest with Pizarro and De Soto pursuing the fabled wealth of the Inca; the novel, A Name for Evil, concerns itself with a house dominated by the spirit of a dead man and develops into a gothic story of the invisible battle between the living and the ghostly. There is a tangible texture to the stories both of place and time and the sense of conflict is marked with drama; the characters are often self displayed and give color and being to their surroundings. Lytle's preface on the art and practice of fiction and on the southern tradition provides an interesting background for the collection which as a whole makes provocative reading.

Pub Date: Aug. 15th, 1958
Publisher: McDowell, Obolensky