Books: Poppa Could See in the Dark

THE STRANGE LIFE OF AUGUST STRINDBERG (246 pp.)—Elizabeth Sprigge—. Macmillan ($3.50).

The great dramatist lay on his bed in a sweltering Paris room, holding an uncorked vial of potassium cyanide and reading The Pleasure of Dying. No sooner had he decided that it was not yet his time to taste this pleasure after all, than he became suddenly convinced that a former friend, the Polish writer, Stanislaw Przybyszewski, was trying to kill him by filtering poison gas through the walls of his room. He fled, writing to a friend to take care of his...

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