Books: Collected Wit

NOT SO DEEP AS A WELL—Dorothy Parker—Viking ($2.50).

Light verse usually shows at its best in the perishable pages of popular magazines, seems a little pretentious in a formal volume of collected works. The collected poems of Dorothy Parker, although they hold up better than most, are no exception. Epigrams that seemed sprightly when they first appeared and were quoted by a thousand after-dinner speakers tend to look lonely and sallow printed as poetry on a wide-margined page. Not So Deep As a Well includes all of Dorothy Parker's poems except a few that...

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