Books: Wild Things in the City

A NATURAL HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY (428 pp.)—John Kieran — Houghton Mifflin ($5.75).

In The Bronx, no less than in Shropshire, it is true that

. . . to look at things in bloom Fifty springs is little room . . .

But John Kieran, 67, used the 50 springs well; sportswriter, naturalist and radio fountain of knowledge (Information Please), he was born, raised and schooled in The Bronx (Fordham, cum laude, 1912), all told lived there for the better part of half a century. While few New Yorkers ever notice nature, Kieran's thesis always has been: "Let men build and...

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