Books: Lower Than the Angels

HIS MONKEY WIFE (259 pp.)—John Collier—Doubleday ($3.75).

It is nearly a century since man was urged to think of himself as the relative of apes rather than of angels; if there were a question in the matter, said Benjamin Disraeli, he was "on the side of the angels." British Novelist-Humorist John Collier is sardonically on the side of the apes.

In His Monkey Wife, first published in 1930, Collier wrote an improper parable to indicate his preferences and, incidentally, to pull man's leg. It has since become a minor classic in his own special fiction-fantasy style, and belongs on the same shelf as...

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