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A PECULIAR TREASURE—Edna Ferber —Doubleday, Doran ($3).

By popular standards, and by her own, Edna Ferber has been a roaring success. Not only have her fiction and plays made her rich, they have brought her public honors: a Pulitzer Prize, an honorary degree from Columbia University, an invitation to the White House.

In the light of such conscious success, her autobiography last week came as a surprise. Somewhere along the way, she confesses worriedly, "I lost my bearings and missed the way." In A Peculiar Treasure she aims to discover where and how.

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