Books: Nathanities

MONKS ARE MONKS—George Jean Nathan—Knopf ($2.50). Author Nathan's latest book is no novel. In it a critic, a poet, a playwright, a fictioneer and "two geniuses" [Mencken & Nathan in false whiskers] successfully repulse the advances of one Lorinda Hope who "was not a bad young woman; it was just that she had an apartment of her own." The story is completely overshadowed by their maneuvers. Their talk embraces: incompetency of U. S. criticism, monogamy v. polygamy, decline of detective stories, postures of college radicals, difficulty of censoring silent cinema, cosmopolitan U. S....

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