Books: The Duelists

TWENTIETH CENTURY PARODY (304 pp.) —Edited by Burling Lowrey—Harcourt, Brace ($5.75).

Parody is the sincerest form of literary flattery and one of the highest forms of criticism. It must duel with the creator on his own ground, and when successful, is calculated to make the Cyrano de Berge-racs of the arts feel that it is not just their noses but their swords that are comic. The true parodist must do more than spoof superficial oddities and quirks of style; he must reach the deeper eccentricities of attitude, summon the author's familiar spirit and transform it into a Halloween mask.

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