Books: Laurels While You Wait

The reissue of Critic Mark Van Doren's prosaic, reasonable book about Poet John Dryden* provoked the New York Post's Reviewer Sterling North, who has been similarly provoked before, to a brisk whirl of Drydenesque heroic couplets. In 32 rough (but sometimes very ready) didactic verses, he reproduced a spat between "Seraph Pro" and "Archangel Con," before a Heavenly Critics' jury for the Book of the Aeon Club.

Best lines:

CON : (Preening a ruffled wing)

With halting feet poor Dryden's verses

march

With fallen arches through each fallen

arch. . . .

He fashioned ivy for each reigning

pate—

Bay Leaves for Sale, and Laurels While

You Wait. . ....

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