Books: Broken Butterflies

AFTER SUCH PLEASURES — Dorothy Parker—Viking ($2.25). Dorothy Parker has no compunction about breaking a butterfly upon a wheel. In fact it is the best thing she does, and her exhibitions in this kind are greeted with applause and cries for more. Like other first-rate comedians, however, she cannot always be content to raise a laugh. Though she cannot refrain from tearing her butterflies apart, sometimes she does it with a savagely sentimental reluctance. The stories in her latest collection illustrate both tendencies. Some of them: A horse-faced trained nurse keeps...

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