Books: Bowery Botanist

MCSORLEY'S WONDERFUL SALOON —Joseph Mitchell — Duell, Sloan & Pearce ($2.50).

Joseph Mitchell is as gloomy as only a humorist can be. For years he has been studying, with the prying patience of a botanist, the queer human weeds he finds growing in the dingier interstices of Manhattan's bum-littered Bowery. But Mitchell is saddened when readers of The New Yorker, Esquire and other magazines chuckle at the results of his researches, these 20 profiles and stories, now collected for the first time in book form. For Humorist Mitchell professes to find nothing comic...

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