Books: Artist in Hollywood

JOY GIRL—John V. A. Weaver—Knopf ($2).

John Van Alstyn Weaver attracted attention eleven years ago when he began hammering sabre-cuts of U. S. vernacular into iambic pentameter (In American). Since that time he has married Actress Peggy Wood, journeyed to Hollywood to convert some of his literary kudos into negotiable currency. His third novel, Joy Girl, is one of the fruits of his Hollywood venture.

Author Weaver sets considerable store by his hero, Don Slocum. "Men liked him. They never got over being surprised and charmed that here was an artist of recognized ability, who was, however, not in the least 'arty'; who...

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