Books: Wonder Boy

JED HARRIS: THE CURSE OF GENIUS by Martin Gottfried Little, Brown; 280 pages; $19.95

George Abbott was so affronted by his chicanery over royalties that he refused to speak to him for the rest of his life. E.E. Cummings acted out a pantomime at a party, in his presence, that compared him to a cockroach. George S.

Kaufman sardonically asked to be cremated after death so that the ashes could be flung in his face.

Jed Harris was a man of great gifts, none greater than his capacity to inspire bitter hatreds. He burst upon...

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