Books: Cocteau's Fixative

OPIUM, THE DIARY of AN ADDICT—Jean Cocteau—Longmans, Green ($2 ).

Cleverest of living French writers, in his own and many others' opinion. Jean Cocteau is an opium smoker. Most good writers have something the matter with them but generally keep it dark. Not so Author Cocteau, who makes no apology for his vice, regards it apparently as an interesting integral part of the most interesting personality he knows. This "diary" is really a series of notes, on any and every subject, made at a clinic in St. Cloud, apparently while Author Cocteau was...

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