Books: Notable

SUPERPEN by Edward Sorel Random House; $8.95

Objects for acidulous social criticism can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The hand belongs to Edward Sorel, a chiaroscuro cartoonist in the merciless tradition of Daumier and Thomas Nast. With a pen dipped in corrosive sublimate, Sorel uncovers the Presidents from Harry Truman as a Keystone Kop to Jimmy Carter in the throes of a scatological tantrum. No one is safe from Sorel: he skewers Arabs and Zionists, harpoons Cardinal Cooke and Billy Graham, lampoons the Jerry Lewis telethon: "Maybe some day science will find a cure for Multiple No-Talent."...

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