Books: Love in Fine Paragraphs

MARIA (246 pp.)—Curb's Bok—Knopf ($3.95).

The late Justice Curtis Bok of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was famed for the wit and sense of his legal writing; he remarked once, while discussing the unnecessary pother raised by bluenoses about sex in literature, that if a man were in the mood to be sensual, he would be aroused by reading the Mechanics' Lien Acts. Justice Bok was also a novelist and a sailor. In the best sense of the rapidly blurring word amateur (one who does something, perhaps very well, solely for his own pleasure), the...

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