Books: Radiopuss

PAST IMPERFECT—Ilka Chase—Doubleday, Doran ($2).

One of the best-selling books in the U.S. last fortnight was Radio Actress Ilka Chase's Past Imperfect. Word had gone forth that this hodgepodge personal history is as broad as it is high, and generously peppered with peephole patter about everybody from the late William Alexander Percy (Lanterns on the Levee) to café society's Lady Mendl and Hollywood's George Cukor.

Quaker Girl. Author Chase is the end-product of a long line of Quakers. Among them was famed Quaker Author John Woolman, but Ilka prefers her great-grandmother, who was "something...

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