Books: G.B.S. on a Joy Ride

THE MIRACULOUS BIRTH OF LANGUAGE (256 pp.)—Richard A. Wilson—Philosophical Library ($3.75).

The principal excuse for publishing this work in the U.S. is the introduction that goes with it. Since the old party who wrote the introduction is George Bernard Shaw, no further excuse is necessary.

In addition to being a playwright, music critic, economist and socialist soapboxer, Shaw has long fancied himself an amateur biologist. When Darwinian doctrine swept England like a Caribbean storm, Shaw thought it a creed "compared to which the" story of Noah was cheerful and encouraging," and-stoutly fought against Darwin's...

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