Books: Gas Bomb

THE STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER—Elliot Paul—Random House ($2.50).

The literary career of heavy-jowled, bearded, 48-year-old Elliot Paul might be pointed as moral for expatriates. Living in Europe most of the time since 1925, he has published eight books; all except one dealt with Americans. But the only success among them was the one with foreign characters: The Life and Death of a Spanish Town, which told the tragic story of Santa Eulalia, where Elliot Paul lived from 1931 until his last-minute departure aboard a German cruiser in 1936.

During his "exile" in the U. S. (he returned to Paris two months ago), Elliot...

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