Books: Man of Trivia

RECOLLECTIONS OF LOGAN PEARSALL SMITH (259 pp.) — Roberf Gafhorne-Hardy—Macmillan ($3.50).

Logan Pearsall Smith was one of the last of an almost vanished type: the gifted dilettante who lives on inherited income and putters about the suburbs of literature. As the child of zealous Philadelphia Quakers (his father was a glass manufacturer), little Logan fell in love with religion at the age of four and for the next few years became, as he later put it, an "odious little prig" who would clamber aboard horse cars handing out tracts and asking people if they had been saved. Before long he lost...

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