Books: Unheroic Roe

HUMAN BEING—Christopher Morley—Doubleday, Dor an ($2.50).

Christopher Morley, whose taste is not always unexceptionable, might have picked a better name for his latest hero than Richard Roe. The name, with other Roe-ish actions and qualities, will irresistibly remind many a reader who has seen the Pulitzer-Prizewinning Of Thee I Sing of that forgotten man, Alexander Throttlebottom. Author Morley has not tried to make his hero heroic but he has certainly not intended to go to the other extreme and make him vicepresidential.

Instead of telling his story straight out, Author Morley is at some...

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