Books: Mutabile Semper

A GALLERY OF WOMEN—Theodore Dreiser—Liveright ($5).

This is no rogues' gallery, though with another guide it might have seemed so. Here are the case histories of 15 women whom Author Theodore Dreiser has known, pondered over and laboriously written about. Conscientious and truthful according to his lights, Author Dreiser tries to give a complete report; in the oblique way in which such attempts often work out, he succeeds in showing himself as one of the most sympathetic of inquiring reporters.

The Matter. Reina was a Hollywood cocotte, "a parasite by nature." She got a good...

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