Books: Mock-Bucolic Western

PAPA MARRIED A MORMON (298 pp.) -John D. Fitzgerald -Prentice-Hall ($3.95).

Papa was no king of the wild frontier, but for Utah Territory of the 1880s he was quick on the verbal draw. Mama was going on 18, with braided blond pigtails, when he fired these lines at her: "I love you, Tena Nielsen. I love you with the intensity of the desert sun. I love you with the sweep and grandeur of the mountain peaks. I love you with the humility of a peasant for a princess . . . Don't be afraid...

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