Books: Moods

A VARIETY OF PEOPLE—Don Marquis— Doubleday-Doran ($2).

Don Marquis is an ex-colyumist who has taken to writing "seriously." But he is still enough of the colyumist to feel that he should sugar the pill. In this book of short stories, the grim alternates with the comic strip, the eerie with the whimsical. Among the exhibits: a strong silent farmer overhears the hired man seducing his wife; Tim O'Meara tells his sons how his great diplomatic ancestor tickled the fancies of Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary; the Old Soak exudes a tale of spiritual wickedness and...

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