Books: The Old Trapeze

THE ASSYRIAN AND OTHER STORIES (276 pp.) — William Saroyan — Harcourt, Brace ($3.50).

That professional pixie, William Saroyan, is. back again, considerably older (41) than when he first announced himself a genius, somewhat heavier around his literary middle, but still wildly infatuated with the one subject that has always held his interest: himself. This time he opens a collection of eleven fair-to-Saroyan stories with a 26-page introduction which is so brash that it finally worries the reader into amusement.

The most unusual feature of Saroyan's sound-off is his announcement of how much money he has already made from selling The Assyrian's...

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