Mr. Fuller, well-established as a teacher and a critic (less as a novelist) now brings considerable civilized joy to this memoir of the four years he spent in Vermont in 1948. Because of ill health, he retired to a 264 acre farm on Lake Champlain with his wife, his sons (ten and six), infant daughter and mother-in-law. This was a historic site, where Ethan Allen had sojourned and the distinguished Hand family lived. The Fullers settled, remodeled and experienced all the calamities that stalk greenhorns. They mastered new/old skills-- haying, milking, woodcutting. They fought with pigs, cows, and other wild life. In spite of it all, he remained spiritually urban and he tells about it in his considered, slightly donnish prose. As such, Successful Calamity is to The Egg and I as an academic gown is to overalls.