Books: The West Goes Psychedelic

THE RETURN OF THE VANISHING AMERICAN by Leslie A. Fiedler. 192 pages. Stein & Day. $5.95.

The work of Leslie A. Fiedler, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., novelist, critic, teacher, advocate of legalizing marijuana and friendly enemy of mass culture, can be as provocative for the inhibited intellectual as the newest Swedish marriage manual would be for uneasy newlyweds. In his latest venture into "literary anthropology," Fiedler has sought out and identified the spiritual heir of the classic frontiersman, that New World breed who was an Indian at heart. The heir is none other than...