Books: Bark and Bite

THREE MOBS

by WILFRID SHEED

157 pages. Sheed & Ward. $6.95.

The best writers on that ever popular, ever portentous subject, the American character, tend to be members of the family—but by a sort of adoption only. They are not quite at ease at home. They look about them with a preternaturally bright, not overfond eye. They like to go off into a corner and smile ironically when the rest of the family sings, "For he's a jolly good fellow."

George Santayana, that New England Spaniard, was such an outside-insider. So is Wilfrid Sheed, who—to...

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