Books: The White Clips of Dover

Hayward and Blanche Cirker run publishing's revival show

A mind that philosophy, can music, embrace botany, magic, sculpture, mathematics and folklore belongs in the quattrocento, not in the Manhattan ware house district. But Hayward Cirker is content. The owlish founder and president of Dover Publications Inc. insists that he is precisely where he belongs. "I'm no Renaissance man," he maintains. "I'm just curious, is all."

That curiosity is reflected in Dover's vast and idiosyncratic offering of paper backs. Readers who let their fingers do the walking through the Dover catalogue can choose from 2,000...

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