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I WAS A TEEN-AGE DWARF (204 pp.) —Max Shulman—Bernard Geis ($3.50).

Ten years ago, when Doubleday published three early Max Shulman novels in a single volume, the editors boasted: "Although these three books were written by Shulman at the age of eight, critics have pointed out that they show the insight and penetration of a man of nine." Now Humorist Shulman, 40, has advanced into the double-digit years. But his characters still uniformly resemble the Spock troops.

The teenage, 5-ft. 2-in. "dwarf" of this book first saw hard covers years ago in Shulman's The Many...

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