Books: Life with Genius

HERITAGE (309 pp.)—Anfhony West —Random House ($3.75).

Dickie Savage's schoolmate meant it when he exclaimed: "You are a lucky beast; I'd love to have exciting parents like that." Dickie's mother was the great actress, Naomi Savage—beautiful, talented, unpredictable. His father, Max Town, was one of the world's most famous writers. Dickie saw dad's pictures in the papers; his novels were everywhere; and everything he said was taken seriously by serious people throughout the world. But there was one great drawback to being the son of Naomi and Max: they were not married and never had been.

Dickie lived with his mother, and the...

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