Books: Unlaughing Boy

RAW MATERIAL—Oliver La Farge— Houghton Mifflin ($3). "Bumwad Inky," mused the Second Form bully, his eye alight with sudden inspiration as he watched his gawky, bespectacled classmate unpacking, "Bumwad Inky in his bumwad suit!"

"I don't remember just what set him off," confesses Novelist Oliver La Farge, describing this painful encounter in his second year at Groton School. "Perhaps I had wrapped something in toilet paper when I was packing." Whatever the cause, the dart stuck. Throughout the day the inspired bully developed it "through Bumwad Inky to Bumptink to Bump, and finally...

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