Books: Visiting Englishman

AMERICA, I PRESUME — Wyndham Lewis — Howell, Soskin ($2).

Visiting Englishmen almost invariably have a lot to say about the U. S. Almost invariably it is pretty stale stuff. Wyndham Lewis may have an advantage in being half American; in any case his America, I Presume is a bracing exception to the general rule. Some of it is obvious, some misfires, a good deal is so good it inspires keen regret that it is not a great deal better. Taken as a whole, America, I Presume can be guaranteed neither to bore nor blindfold any U. S. reader.

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