Books: The World's Too Lovely

THE ADVENTURES OF WESLEY JACKSON (285 pp.) — William Saroyan — Harcourt, Brace ($2.75).

It took a world war to slow down William Saroyan's output. Even critics who found his 20-odd books and plays raddled with verbosity and cuteness conceded that they were sometimes beauty-spotted with comic genius. Saroyan, out of the Army now, is 37, a bit heavier, a bit graver, and a well-domesticated citizen of San Francisco. He lives in a two-story stucco house, with wife Carol and two children (Aram, 2½, and Lucy, four months), sprinkles the lawn, and sits at his work desk studying the Racing Form with...

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