Books: Animal Kingdom

SHORT NOVELS OF COLETTE (733 pp.]—Wifh an Introduction by Glenway Wes-cott—Dial ($5).

Henry Gauthier-Villars, known to all France at the turn of the century by his simple pseudonym, "Willy," was regarded as the most prolific hack-writer of his day. His admirers marveled that one man could produce such a torrent of puff-pastry fiction, dramatizations, music and theater criticism, and racy personal history. Actually, Willy did nothing of the sort. He employed hacks to do his hacking; he was squire of an estate of sharecropping "ghosts."

Willy was a cynical 34 when he married 20-year-old...

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