Books: Illiterature

LAUGHTER IN HELL—Jim Tully—A. & C. Boni ($2.50).

Though frontier days have gone forever, the U. S. is still friendly, in some ways, to backwoods pioneers. In no other country could such writers as Theodore Dreiser, Sherwood Anderson and Jim Tully hope for a hearing, let alone a respectful, respectable audience. In spite of their blunderhead awkwardness, Authors Dreiser and Anderson have won life memberships in the U. S. literary Senate. Jim Tully's persistent clamor in the lobby has not yet gained him admission. Crudely violent writer of crudely violent melodramatics. Author Tully has done better books than Laughter in...

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