Books: RECENT & READABLE, Aug. 8, 1955

The Merry Partners, by E. J. Kahn Jr. A nostalgic stroll through the bygone world of Harrigan and Hart, top-billed vaudeville team of the '70snd '80s, with many an off-Broadway glance at the New York of their heyday (TIME. Aug. 1).

Officers and Gentlemen, by Evelyn Waugh. The deft and relentless British satirist writes his second fine war novel around the exploits and disillusionments of Guy Crouchback, commando officer and "Christian gentleman" (TIME, July n).

The Game of Hearts: Harriette Wilson's Memoirs, edited by Leslie Blanch. A saucy, intimate peek at Regency London's beaux and belles from the boudoir of a celebrated courtesan...

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