Books: Fuzzy Allegory

THE MAN WHO MADE FRIENDS WITH HIMSELF (275 pp.)—Christopher Morley —Doubleday ($3).

U.S. readers are always delighted when they find a writer who really acts and talks like one. When Parnassus on Wheels, a quaint little novel about an itinerant bookseller, was published back in 1917, many readers decided that they had found their man. Christopher Morley was clever with a whimsical plot and wrote in the studied, slightly archaic style of another century. The tweedy, pipe-smoke flavor of his looks and books reminded many of the country-squire tradition among English men of...

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