Books: Rejoycings

NOTEBOOKS OF NIGHT—Edmund Wilson—Colt Press ($2.50).

Edmund Wilson's latest book is chiefly interesting because it shows an outstanding U.S. literary critic as a satirist in verse and prose. Two of the best pieces are wicked parodies, one in prose, one in verse. Verse parody is the salty Omelet of A. MacLeish, in which Critic Wilson paraphrases the Librarian of Congress' smooth pentameters, feminine endings, assonance and love of colons:

I was wired for sound as I started again

down the river: And my colons went out on the air to

the clang of a gong:...

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