Books: Boy Growing Older

LITTLE CHILDREN — William Saroyan —Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

William Saroyan is 29. When he was 26, a book of brash short stories (The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze) won him the reputation of most terrible literary infant of the year. Since then William Saroyan has been increasingly a problem child. Critics and readers alike have been impressed by his audacity, displeased by his bounding ego. His coldest dispraisers admit that he sometimes blurts out a suggestive truth; his warmest admirers wish occasionally that he would not shout so loud. Last week Saroyan's fourth book, Little Children, well illustrated his inclusive...

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