Books: The Turns of Art

IMAGINATIONS by William Carlos Williams. Edited by Webster Schott. 363 pages. New Directions. $10.

Like a man frantically trying to establish double identity, William Carlos Williams scrambled through two careers side by side. A poet, novelist and playwright coexisted somewhat hectically with a small-town Rutherford, N.J., physician. Beside the little black bag in the front seat of the doctor's car lay the writer's yellow pad. Both got used incessantly.

Before he died in 1963 at the age of 79, Williams had treated, by his own count, a million and a half patients and delivered...

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