Books: Loping

INNOCENT BYSTANDING—Frank Sullivan —Liveright ($2).

Like most innocent and hence significant humorists of the printed page, Frank Sullivan makes no blatant wisecracks in public places. He is an amazingly quiet Irishman, just short of plump. His occasional spoken words make sense and everybody likes him.

Last spring, he wrote for the New York World an obituary for famed Nora Bayes, which ended: "I don't know where she is now, but I do know that whoever is with her is having a swell time." That applies well to Frank Sullivan, whether you are with him or...

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