Books: Adolescent Pachyderm*

DAWN—"Theodore Dreiser"—Liveright ($5)

Theodore Herman Dreiser, 60, has begun to take stock of himself. Dawn, An Autobiography of Early Youth, is a portentous beginning. Couched in inimitable Dreiserese, stamped on every page with his trademark of bewildered honesty, it begins thus: ''The average earthling, as I have reason to know, has frequently the greatest hesitation in revealing the net of flesh and emotion and human relationship into which he was born and which conditioned his early efforts at living and too often his subsequent place in life and society. I am free to...

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