Books: Durable Bud

DANGEROUS ANGEL (250 pp.)—Clarence Budington Kelland—Harper ($2.75).

Clarence Budington Kelland, 72, is a prominent U.S. author to whom U.S. literary and critical magazines pay no attention whatever. He is, in the language of book reviewers, a "slick man," a contriver of "adroit hokum," which is hopelessly "fast-moving" and unreclaimably "superficial." The good always wins, the boy always gets the girl, and they are married in a nice church ceremony—just after getting the deed to a nice piece of real estate—while a kindly old homespun philosopher stands snapping his galluses in the background.

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