Books: Connubia

THE LOVE NEST AND OTHER STORIES — Ring W. Lardner — Scribner ($1.75). The tall morose funnyman from Niles, Mich., gives no indication of having been disconcerted by the jubilee chorus of critics that lately discovered he was a Great Mind. He just goes steadily along, more silent than ever: honing his wits on the leathernecks he meets; pruning his technique down finer and finer; laying out, in patterns that grow increasingly simple and subtle, the terrific banalities that constitute life for the average Americano—that ubiquitous creature that no one ever sees...

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