Books: Funny Editor

THE LITERARY LIFE AND THE HELL WITH IT— Whit Burnett—Harper ($2.50).

One of the few Americans who is an editor, a humorist and a man with a beard is Whit Burnett, co-editor (with his wife, Martha Foley) of Story Magazine. Last week Editor Burnett published his catch-all memoirs, a 276-page volume called The Literary Life and the Hell with It, gleefully illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans.

Blond, 39, Balkan-bearded, poker-faced, enthusiastic. Whit Burnett is a hypochondriac ex-newspaperman, formerly of Salt Lake City, Vienna and Majorca, now solidly repatriated and a leading godsend to U. S. short...

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