Books: Story-Teller's Story

THE QUIET LODGER OF IRVING PLACE— William Wash Williams—Dutton ($2.50).

To most modern readers the tricky, concise, anecdotal stories of William Sydney Porter, who wrote some twelve volumes of them under the name of 0. Henry, are apt to have a faintly dated air. The work of an amazingly prolific popular writer who had few literary pretensions and fewer literary ambitions, their in variable surprise endings have grown less surprising with the years, and the narrow ness of their range and the monotony of their mood have grown more conspicuous.

Author Williams' amiable...

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