Books: Edible Slice-of-Life

IN THE MONEY—William Carlos Williams—New Directions ($2.50).

Ever since Zola, writers have tried to commit to paper the daily living of average families. "Naturalism" had a notion that an account of how such a family struggles through its oatmeal, breeds another generation to do likewise, could present all human life fearlessly and whole. The result of this literary theory has been some good amateur anthropology, a titanic amount of dullness, little art.

Part of that little is the work of William Carlos Williams. A Rutherford, N. J. baby specialist and poet, Williams in his best...

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