Books: Prohibition in Prosody & Prose

CASANOVA JONES—Joseph Anthony— Century ($2).

THE FUTURE OF DRINKING—Gilbert Seldes—Little, Brown ($2).

Anti-Prohibitionists may think it significant when publishers venture books making jokes about Prohibition. Such signs of the times are Casanova Jones, narrative satirical poem, and The Future of Drinking, satirical essay.

Hero Casanova Jones, "a gentleman sober, a gentleman blotto," is a Prohibition agent whose wife runs a speakeasy. Beautiful but thick Annabel Cloy imagines herself a poet, and is overjoyed when Casanova, pretending to be a publisher, says he will print her Poems of Passion, is enraged...

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