Books: Son of Vipers

THE MAGIC ANIMAL by Philip Wylie. 358 pages. Doubleday. $5.95.

It may give today's young protesters pause to discover that way back in 1943 this chap Wylie was throwing verbal Molotov cocktails at authority, the church, motherhood, scientists and economists. His book Generation of Vipers, written in a mood of "ribaldry and rage," became a famous bestseller. True, it did not inspire street riots or start campus revolutions, but at least it gave aid and comfort to thousands of as yet un-Freudianized young men and women who wanted to reject their mothers.

Today, at 65, Wylie has lost none of his rage but...

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