Books: Big Boy

PAUL BUNYAN—James Stevens — Knopf ($2.50). Among the French Canadian loggers that swung axes, mattocks and murderous steam-warped wooden pitchforks upon the troops of Queen Victoria in the Papineau Rebellion of 1837, there roared a thick-thewed, bellicose, hairy giant named Paul Bunyon. At his skull-crushing feats in that episode, and his later accomplishments as a boss logger, lumber camp historians have marveled ever since.

At first, the life of the Bunyon legends was slightly endangered by a meagreness of French Canadian imagination. But then they were taken in hand by...

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