Books: The Last Bohemian

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL by Kenneth Rexroth. 367 pages. Doubleday. $5.95.

Just when it has become uncertain what a novel is, everyone seems very sure that what he writes is a novel. There was Truman Capote's jumbo crime documentary, and now there is this "autobiographical novel" by Kenneth Rexroth.

Novel it is not, but it is a novel autobiography. The author is not the victim of an unsatisfactory love affair with his own personality: he takes himself for granted and spends his space telling about other people, places and ideas. And what people! Rexroth's book...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!