Books: Leacock's Dickens

CHARLES DICKENS—Stephen Leacock— Doubleday, Doran ($3). Dyed-in-the-wool Dickensians may enjoy reading this new version of an old and favorite subject, but even they will not grant full marks to the Charles Dickens of Stephen Leacock, head of the political economy department at Canada's McGill University and oldtime popular humorist. Almost universally appreciative when he is writing of Dickens' books, Biographer Leacock is also sympathetic when it comes to his hero's private life. But he considers that Dickens never completely acquired good taste, thinks this lack and a kind of nervous egotism responsible...

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