Books: The Hairy Jape

THE PINK HOTEL (255 pp.)—Dorothy Erskine and Patrick Dennis—Putnam ($3.50).

HOUSE PARTY (274 pp.)—Virginia Rowans—Crowell ($3.50).

Edward Everett Tanner III is the Schweppesman of U.S. letters; his books have the sparkle, and he has the beard.

Tanner bottles his bestselling fizz under polypseudonymous labels. As Patrick Dennis he created the madwoman of Beekman Place, Auntie Mame. As Virginia Rowans he examined The Loving Couple and its five-year itch. Again as Dennis, he wrote (with Barbara Hooton) Guestward Ho!, the saddle-slipping saga of a Manhattan couple turned dude-ranch managers. On the assumption that the public...

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