Books: As Vast as Mankind

THE NATURAL SCIENCE OF STUPIDITY (288 pp.)—Paul Tabori— Chilton($4.50).

"With stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain," sighed Friedrich Schiller, and Oscar Wilde added his amen: "There is no sin except stupidity." Both writers had cause for complaint: stupidity, their own or that of others, landed them in jail.* In this head-shaking book, Author Paul Tabori notes that man's incurable doltishness has managed to fill the prisons and crowd the executioner's block with the finest intelligences the human race could produce. A partial list: Plato, Socrates, Seneca, Boethius, Cervantes, Sir Walter Raleigh,...

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