Books: Tewleremia

You CAN'T BE Too CAREFUL—H. G. Wells—Putnam ($2.50).

You Can't Be Too Careful is a witty, very ugly, very sorrowful book. If it had eloquence, and a despair of soul as well as of mind, it would rank not far below Troilus and Cressida and Journey to the End of the Night among the world's great nihilistic poems. Lacking these, it is a forceful, rather tortured tract, without the complete clarity of design that might make it an instructive parable.

The book's major theme is the Wellsian life history (from zoosperm to zany) of Edward Albert ("Teddy") Tewler, who, for Author Wells, symbolizes...

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