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QUIET, PLEASE (105 pp.)—James Branch Cabell—University of Florida Press ($3).

Ignore an egotist and he is apt to become petulant. This is especially true if he is a writer. James Branch Cabell, novelist and egotist, is today largely ignored. What makes it even worse is that he was once the critics' darling, and for a while, in the '20s, the public's too. His comedown has been so complete that the petulance of his 53rd book, Quiet, Please, can be forgiven.

In the brief, informal essays of Quiet, Please, neglected Author Cabell airs his views on life, love and writing. Reflecting that...

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