by WILFRID SHEED
255 pages. Illustrated. Thomas Y. Crowell. $19.95.
Wilfrid Sheed is almost certainly the best American reviewer of books. He is also, as he has shown in Max Jamison and People Will Always Be Kind, a novelist of wit and intelligence. When his prose has erred, it has always been on the side of elegance; he has never been known to write a bad or foolish line.
That was before Muhammad Ali, another one of those brightly illustrated, all-star productions by Publisher Laurence Schiller, who previously arranged the controversial match between...