Books: Last Summer's Dresses

TIP ON A DEAD JOCKEY, AND OTHER STORIES (242 pp.)—Irwin Shaw—Condom House ($3.95).

As a novelist (The Young Lions, Lucy Crown) and dramatist (Bury the Dead, The Gentle People), Irwin Shaw has set no worlds afire. But there are few American writers who can match him for consistent readability and excitement in the field of the short story. His famous The Girls in Their Summer Dresses (1939) says nearly all that there is to say about urban love; his vengeful Sailor Off the Bremen, after 18 years, is still powerful enough to make a reader wince. This new collection never quite reaches...

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