Books: Live & Learn Nothing

A DEGREE OF PRUDERY (340 pp.)—Emily Hahn—Doubleday ($3.50).

At first glance there seems to be something badly awry in Emily Hahn's choice of 18th Century Novelist Fanny Burney as the subject for a biography. Miss Burney kept a journal which frequently tells how the turn of the talk had forced her to dart from a room with blushing cheeks. She would have run like a deer from her cigar-smoking biographer, who, in China to Me, documented her position as one of the most uninhibited girls on the China Coast.

Miss Hahn has always written direct, and sometimes excessively frank accounts of the whole...

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