Books of the Day

Laments for the Living. By Dorothy Parker. An unusually good collection of short stories. Included is Big Blonde, the story which won the O’Henry Memorial prize. Viking, $2.50.

Wooden Swords. By Jacques Deval., translated by L. S. Morris. A humorous story of a short-sighted soldier in the Service of Supplies in the French army during the World War. Was a best-seller in France and has lost nothing in the translation. Viking, $2.50.

Fourteenth Street. By Percy Shostac. Story in verse of a young Jew who falls in love with a young married woman, a Gentile of good family with traditions and standards. The book is an analysis of his emotions following the woman’s return to her husband. Simon, Schuster, $2.50.

Ex-Baby. Anonymous. The purported autobiography of a four-year old. Provides a few gentle laughs and numerous broad smiles. Covici-Friede, $1.00.

Uncle Vanya. By Anton Chekhov. A new translation of a famous play by Rose Caylor (Mrs. Ben Hecht). An unusually liberal adaptation that proved itself justified in the increased number of theatre-goers who learned to appreciate Chekhov. Prefaced by a critical anlysis of Chekhov by the adaptor. Covici-Friede, $2.00.

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