THE BOLD SABOTEURSby Chandler Brossard. (Farrar, Straus & Young, $3.50.) Mr. Brossard runs together the real life and the morbid dream world of a juvenile rascal in such a way that they become almost indistinguishable. The novel is unpleasant but strikingly effective.
THE INNOCENT KNIGHTSby Gil Buhet. (Viking, $3.50.) A group of bratty French schoolboys lock themselves in an old castle and throw the town into a tizzy in this amusingly improbable tale.
THE PASSIONATE HEARTby Beatrix Beck. (Messner, $3.50.) The struggle between a clever, cantankerous backslider and a witty, highhanded priest makes this novel absorbing, if sometimes grim, reading.
THE NARROWSby Ann Petry. (Houghton Mifflin, $3.95.) The interracial love affair is standard stuff, but the author has surrounded it with a perpetually interesting supporting cast and a mass of convincing detail about race relations in a small New England town. Miss Petry’s serious story is also roaring good fun.
THE FLOWERS OF FRIENDSHIPedited by Donald Gallup. (Knopf, $5.00.) Inevitably, there’s a lot of trivia in a book of most of the letters that practically everybody wrote to Gertrude Stein, but there’s even more of interest and enlightenment.
CHEKHOVby David Magarshack. (Grove Press, $6.00.) Considerable new material is included in Mr. Magarshack’s careful, readable life of the Russian playwright, the most comprehensive yet published.
G. B. SHAW: A CRITICAL SURVEYedited by Louis Kronenberger. (World, $6.00.) Critical opinions of G.B.S. have been many and various; the editor has assembled a lively cross-section of comment which demonstrates, among other things, that Sir Max Beerbohm is still incomparable.
BY LAND AND BY SEAby Samuel Eliot Morison. (Knopf, $5.00.) These essays cover some engaging facets of the American past, personal and maritime, and Mr. Morison’s sound theories about the study, teaching, and writing of history as well.
THE NEW ENGLAND MIND: FROM COLONY TO PROVINCEby Perry Miller. (Harvard University Press, $6.50.) Mr. Miller’s levelheaded analysis of New England thinking from 1620 to the 1730s lays particular emphasis on the shifting relationship of religious and civil authority.
PURPLE PASSAGEby Madeleine B. Stern. (University of Oklahoma Press, $3.75.) Mrs. Frank Leslie, bluestocking, editor, sob sister, and perpetual divorcee, was a gaudy power in nineteenth-century publishing, and her story is an entertaining chronicle of dubious virtue triumphant.
SHERIDAN THE INEVITABLEby Richard O’Connor. (Bobbs-Merrill, $4.50.) A brisk, unpretentious biography of the Union’s crack cavalry commander, a fine professional soldier and a surprisingly interesting man.