Books: Where Has the Young Buck Gone?

A SOLO IN TOM-TOMS (390 pp.)—Gene Fowler—Viking ($3).

Gene Fowler (Timber Line; Good Night, Sweet Prince, etc.). who once, in his maverick days, described himself as "an American peasant," is now an independent movie producer, and lives in a four-bedroom house of "West Los Angeles baroque" which, he says, looks like a Cunard liner. He used to write Hollywood movie scripts at $2.750 a week. Before that, as managing editor of the old New York American, he liked to lean back in his editorial chair and play an accordion to drown out the roaring of the Hearst press. Earlier still, as a...

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