Books: Books, Aug. 21, 1972

Plaintiff v. Bard

THE STRANGER IN SHAKESPEARE

by LESLIE FIEDLER 263 pages. Stein & Day. $7.95.

It would be unjust to call Leslie Fiedler the ambulance chaser of U.S. letters, but he is something of a legal beagle. Literature seems to be more his client, or adversary, than his love. He spends half his time sleuthing for clues and the other half setting up a court case. As an advocate, Fiedler can be brilliant, infuriating, or slyly provocative. On one of his more celebrated undercover forays, he unmasked—to his own satisfaction—more homosexuals in American novels...