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...