Books: Whoops, Dearie!

PETER ARNO'S HULLABALOO—Peter Arno—Liveright ($3).* Imaginary characters are harder to create, oftener still-born than their flesh-&-blood brothers. In a lifetime of creative endeavor, few artists or writers succeed in making one character come alive for longer than it takes to read the book, see the picture. Artist Arno's pictured people are at the opposite pole from immortality, but at least two of them have already had a life of their own: the late famed Whoops Sisters, who appeared four years ago in Manhattan's New Yorker. These two disreputable old harridans, whooping with...

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