Books: Fabbulous Monster

A. WOOLLCOTT, His LIFE AND His WORLD — Samuel Hopkins Adams —Reynal & Hitchcock ($3.50).

At the age of ten, the late Alexander Woollcott was asked at a party to name his ambition in life. He wrote: "I would rather be a Fabbulous Monster." Fifty years later, the letters from Woollcott's acquaintances which Samuel Hopkins Adams received as he prepared to write this biography indicated that this boyhood ideal had been realized in full. The letters ranged in tone from rage to pleading.

"I want no part of Woollcott, dead or alive"; "Be kind...

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