Books: Cracks Wise and Otherwise

THE GOOD WORD AND OTHER WORDS by Wilfrid Sheed Dutton; 300 pages; $10.95

The difference between a critic and a reviewer is that a critic can pick his fights. A reviewer must be able to take on anyone in the bar. Wilfrid Sheed is a reviewer, and in his weight class, one of the best in America. He has the good taste to know that glibness is slightly shabby. But in this new volume of analysis and in vective, what he writes about E.B. White's style ("White's notes to the milkman achieve effects...

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