THE SECOND TREE FROM THE CORNER (253 pp.)E. B. WhiteHarper ($3).
One of the original authentic voices of The New Yorker belongs to E. B. (for Elwyn Brooks) White. As an editor and frequent lead-off man in the "Talk of the Town" section, E. B. White has done much in the past 28 years to set the urbane, casual pitch which is its hallmark.
The Second Tree from the Corner, a sampling of his New Yorker pieces, is "a dog's breakfast," according to Whiteshort stories, parodies, poems, essays, table talksome of it funny, some of it scary, almost none of it dull.