Books: King of the Heap

THE STEVENSON WIT by Bill Adler. 95 pages. Doub/eday. $3.95.

Although one or another of his five publishers is forever describing him as a well-known writer, Bill Adler disagrees. "I consider myself a professional thinker," he says briskly, "and there aren't very many of us."

Not many, at least, like Adler, who used to be an adman (Kenyon & Eckhardt) and magazine editor (McCall's) before he began to think professionally. Since 1961, when he went around to his friends and gathered up their kids' funny letters for a volume called Letters from Camp, Adler...

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