Books: Perfume

TRIVIAL BREATH — Elinor Wylie— Knopf ($2.50).

The most distinguished one-time victim of Elinor Wylie's fascinations predicts of her work that it will sicken and die of its own perfume. For all its vengeful malice the prophecy is certainly justified by so cloying a title as Trivial Breath, and further substantiated by much that follows the title. Mistress of euphuistic words, she is carried away by their glamor, too easily seduced from reason. An occasional poem "makes sense," but the sense sounds affected. Sorrow is, for instance, one of the emotions the...

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