Books: Death, Be Not Proud

ERIC by DORIS LUND 345 pages. Lippincott. $7.95.

It should be recorded—not in the spirit of sneering at misfortune—that books about slow expiration from leukemia have become something of a literary genre. In his best novel, Blood of the Lamb, Peter DeVries wrote obliquely about his daughter's leukemia. Stewart Alsop collected nerve and wits long enough during a remission to write Stay of Execution about his own plight before he died. Football Player Brian Piccolo's death became first a fond memoir by his friend Gale Sayers, then a TV film called Brian's Song. Now Freelance Writer Doris Lund offers Eric, a book...

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