Books: A Child's Garden of Venery

The kind of impassioned prattle that made Franchise Sagan a sensation at 18 and a bestselling bore at 22 continues to infect young girl writers. Two current examples of vernal volubility, each the work of a 14-year-old:

BEAU CLOWN, by Berthe Grimault (188 pp.; Rinehart; $3), a crawling compost heap of a novel, accepts as normal and comical the sort of horror about which seamy-side Novelist Louis-Ferdinand Céline wrote with fascination. Author Grimault describes a degenerate clan of French peasants and the flotsam that fetches up at their farm—two prostitutes, four U.S. Negro...

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