Books: Wonderful Waster

A VICTORIAN IN THE MODERN WORLD—Hufchlns Hapqood— Harcourt, Brace ($5).

Not long ago Hutchins Hapgood was reminiscing about the good old days of pre-War bohemianism when "I was connected with all the isms and all the radical hopes and all the enthusiasms ... of the wonderful new world that we all felt was coming." Then he added up: "I have sinned, I have suffered, I have wasted, wasted, but how I have enjoyed!" His confidante nodded gravely. "Yes, Hutch," she said, "you have lived a wonderful wasted life."

Part of Hutchins Hapgood's "wonderful wasted life" has been told in the candid memoirs of...

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