Books: Cabaret Philosopher

WINE, WOMEN AND WORDS (295 pp.) —Billy Rose—Simon & Schuster ($3 cloth, $1 paper).

Like one of his cabarets, Billy Rose's first book has a dish for almost every taste. Smeared over most of them is a thick paste of sentimental egotism; the reader can no more escape Billy Rose ("I'm a ham—boned, hickory-smoked, and sugar-cured") than he could escape himself if he were locked up in a padded cell. One chapter, "Holm, Sweet Holm," tells the reader how wonderful wife Eleanor is, how she makes him behave like a gentleman, stops him from...

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