Books: Incessant Scribbler

BERNARD SHAW: COLLECTED LETTERS (1874-1897) edited by Dan H. Laurence. 877 pages. Dodd, Mead. $12.50.

Probably no man wrote more letters. "There must be billions of them," George Bernard Shaw once told his American publisher. There were, in fact, more than 250,000. Six hundred and ninety-one are printed in this volume, and three more volumes are on the way. Shaw was what is called today a compulsive writer; he carried a cloth bag of unanswered correspondence about with him, to be dipped into and answered at any idle moment—"scrawled in trains, between acts, in fragments to amuse you at breakfast," he wrote....

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