Books: Urbane Mirror

SOUND WAGON — T. S. Stribling —

Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

The U. S. has not yet had an urbane satirist. It has had bucolic satirists, like Finley Peter ("Mr. Dooley") Dunne and Mark Twain, bull-roarers like H. L. Mencken, splenetic idealists like Sinclair Lewis, ironic fantasists like James Branch Cabell and Robert Nathan. But last week critics hitched up their chairs, clapped on their best glasses and took a good hard look at Thomas Sigismund Stribling's latest novel, Sound Wagon. Before reading it, few would have admitted that Author Stribling might be capable of urbanity, let alone sustained satire. After reading it, many...

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