Books: The Editors Like

Fiction

THE LOST TRAIL OF THE SAHARAby R. FrisonRoche. (Prentice-Hall, $2.95.) The author really knows the Sahara, and his tale of exploration there works up enormous excitement and suspense without recourse to any of the classic Foreign Legion gambits.
THE DEVIL THAT FAILEDby Maurice Samuel. (Knopf, $3.00.) A woolly-wilted professor who suddenly becomes 13 feet tall is hardly a promising hero, but Mr. Samuel has contrived an unexpectedly amusing parable about this reluctant monstrosity.
THE LAZY ONESby Albert Cossery. (New Directions, $2.75.) Mr. Cossery’s Egyptian setting is simultaneously poetic and convincing. His plot is utterly bizarre, grim comedy about a sleepy family stirred to lunatic action by threats to its perpetual siesta.
THE CENTER OF THE STAGEby Gerald Sykes. (Farrar, Straus & Young, $3.00.) A frivolous woman’s struggle against her husband’s saintly habit of reforming her friends is the basis of this worldly, witty, uneven novel.

Painters and Painting

PAUL KLEEby Carola Giedion-Welcker. ( Viking, $7.50.) A generous supply of reproductions supports Dr. Giedion-Weleker’s practical, evocative commentary. Here is a fine book on an artist of extraordinary power and charm.
ETRUSCAN PAINTINGby Massimo Pallouino. (Skira, $12.50.) Fine reproductions, in color, of Etruscan tomb paintings from the seventh to the first century B.C. Rock and plaster are all but tangible, providing a lively view of an art form that is well worth attention.
DAVID TO DELACROIXby Walter Friedlaender. (Harvard University Press, $6.00.) The development of French painting from the Revolution to the midnineteenth century is discussed here with a nice balance of authority and affection. The reproductions are not in color.

Essays and Criticism

THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CRITICby F. O. Matthiessen. (Oxford University Press, $5.00.) Previously uncollected essays and reviews by a critic whose comments are always wise and illuminating, even though the books that inspired them occasionally were neither.
THE OVERREACHERby Harry Levin. (Harvard University Press, $4.00.) Mr. Levin reconstructs Christopher Marlowe’s mind through analysis of his plays, with special emphasis on his experiments, innovations, and the unorthodox opinions which won this lively genius a bad name in his own day.
THE BLUE FOXby Ronald Duncan. (Oxford University Press, $3.50.) These sketches of farm life in Devonshire cover wandering cows, summer boarders, and bucolic cantankerousness in general with a sly, sophisticated humor that has nothing to do with geography.