Books: Clothes Make Mankind

THE IMPORTANCE OF WEARING CLOTHES (349 pp.) — Lawrence Langner—Hastings House ($7.50).

A Supreme Court Justice in a steam bath is divested not only of shirt, shorts, socks, shoes, pants, and robe of office. but of his authority. So argues Author Lawrence Langner, director of the Theatre Guild, authority on patent law and, in this volume, theorist on the use and abuse of clothes. Writes Langner, with the fervor of a textile magnate enjoying a martini after a board meeting: If it were not for the invention of clothes, "there would be precious little religion, government, society, law and order, [or] morals."

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