Books: Broadway Blinkers

THE YOUNG LIONS (689 pp.)—Irwin Shaw—Random House ($3.95).

Before the war, Irwin Shaw won easy fame and money by turning out smooth and clever plays and stories—for many tastes, rather too smooth and clever. Now, with his war experience to draw upon, Shaw has thrown all his energy and talent into an ambitious novel. As one of the Broadway characters of a Shaw story might say, this is his "big pitch." The sad news is that he has failed; his novel is depressing evidence of how hard it is for a writer to slough off...

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