Books: Four Cavorters

WHY A DUCK?

edited by RICHARD J. ANOBILE

288 pages. New York Graphic Society.

$7.95.

T.S. Eliot begged him for an autographed picture. Thornton Wilder found him sequestered in Finnegans Wake.* The first man on the moon mimicked his fluid slouch. Clearly, Groucho Marx is a man of parts, and eight of those parts are preserved in this collection of uncritical, oversized photographs and classic film routines.

Why A Duck? divides a genre into four cavorters: Zeppo, once charitably labeled the Good Looking One; Harpo, Rumpelstiltskin with mild satyriasis; Chico, the Italian Defamation League; and the great, nay immoral Groucho. Under his pun-fulfilled guidance the...

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