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BETWEEN SITTINGS (369 pp.)—Jo Davidson—Dial ($5).

It was "the most stifling August day in history." In his studio in Manhattan's McDougal Alley, Sculptor Jo Davidson was modeling a World War I statue, to be entitled France Aroused. Gobbets of clay and drops of sweat impacted into a hot mulch in his bottomless black beard. "Why don't you shave it off?" tittered his model, who was posing coolly without a stitch. Davidson flew out to the barber, soon emerged as smooth as Tweedledee. When he got home, Mrs. Davidson took one look at the close-cut...

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