Books: Sesquipedalian

THIS WAY TO THE BIG SHOW: THE LIFE OF DEXTER FELLOWS—Dexter W. Fellows and Andrew A. Freeman—Viking ($3.50).

Mother gorillas in equatorial Africa speak his name to hush their young. He has crossed Australia in the pouch of a kangaroo. He has followed the edge of the Gulf Stream in a rowboat to determine the exact date of spring. He has taught Ubangi women to play tiddlywinks on their platter lips. He owns an adjective factory in New Britain, Conn., whence he sallies forth each year, like a vernal Santa Claus, to...

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