Books: Flexible Father


Norris—Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

In 1915 round-faced, dapper Charles Oilman Norris quit his job as a magazine editor and wrote a novel. He was galled because his chief claim to fame was that he was the husband of Kathleen Norris and the younger brother of the late, famed Frank Norris (McTeague, The Octopus).

He has since written nine (to Wife Kathleen's 60), dealing with such topical problems as education (Salt), marriage (Brass), women in business (Bread), birth control (Seed). They have brought him neither the literary reputation of his brother nor...