Books: Last Look Around

ONE MAN'S MEAT—E. B. White—Harper ($2.50).

The 45 essays in this book (most of which appeared in Harper's) record the highly personal pleasures and displeasures of an ex-New Yorker humorist who escaped from the city to a Maine farm. But even in hither Maine, Humorist White could not stop reacting to the foolishness and nobility of a nation, and the crumbling of a world. He distilled his reactions in these gently sardonic, sometimes eloquent, always casual pieces. White confesses a guilty feeling at publishing so tranquil a collection at a time so far from tranquil.

But most minds, like houses, are built for...

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