Books: Pictures, No Puzzle

ALAY-OOP—William Cropper—Coward-McCann ($2).*

Halfway between Artist Lynd Ward (God's Man, Madman's Drum} and Cartoonist Milt Gross (He Done Her Wrong} comes Satirist William Cropper. Without Ward's arty symbolism or Gross's simple artfulness, he tells a straight story, then horses it a little.

His picture-tale of life and love among the acrobats has a heroine but no hero. She is a hard-working trapeze artist, muscular but buxomly beautiful. Her partner, who is no relation but who acts consistently as a big brother to her, is an enormous fellow with a dumbly faithful expression. In...

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