Books: Columny

GOSSIP: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WALTER WINCHELL—St. Clair McKelway—Viking ($1.75).

Two months ago The New Yorker delivered to its 152,777 subscribers the sixth and final installment of the longest "profile" (thumbnail biography) it ever ran. The subject: gun-toting, fox-faced Walter Winchell, No. 1 U. S. transom-peeper. The author: St. Clair McKelway, free-lance newshawk and onetime managing editor of The New Yorker. So sharp was Mc-Kelway's scalpel that Winchell, who had expected a pat on the head, did not realize until the operation was well begun that his throat was being slit. This week the operation appeared in book form for as...

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