Books: Cocteau Children

ENFANTS TERRIBLES—Jean Cocteau— Brewer & Warren ($2.50).

Four strange French children—Paul, his sister Elizabeth, their friends Agatha and Gerard—and a wealthy American Jew are placed by Author Cocteau in a scene bathed in a curious, unreal melancholy. Of Paul and Elizabeth, two orphans whose fate is to live thoroughly naive and irresponsible lives, the story chiefly concerns itself.

"Let us make it plain: . . . neither of the principals of this theatre was conscious of acting a part. It was to this primitive lack of self-consciousness that the play owed its enduring charm....

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