7568753 - ARTS & HUMANITIES The views expressed a re...

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ARTS HUMANITIES The views expressed are highly personal without being sufficiently interpretive or integrative to assure a position of lasting significance among French letters.— An- thony Caprio, Oglethorpe Univ., Atlanta Nash, Ogden. Loving Letters from Ogden Nash: A Family Album. Little. Feb. 1990. c.357p. ed. by Linell Nash Smith, illus. ISBN 0-316-59835-6. $19.95. LIT A dwindling readership familiar with and fond of the light verse of Ogden Nash will relish his daughter's ample selection of her father's breezy but persistent letters to his fiancee Frances Leonard, and later, to his daughters Isabel and Linell. Written be- tween 1928 and 1971, Nash's letters (his wife's to him are not included) are some- times gushy, yet offer a tantalizing glimpse of his work in publishingfirms, on The New Yorker, in the precarious business of Broadway collaborator, and on the gruel- ing lecture circuit. Smith's perhaps too- generous offering shows that Nash was, above all, a family man, only second a poet and humorous public speaker.— Charles C. Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada. Mo. Pritchard, William H. Randall Jarrelt: A Literary Life. Michael Di Capua Bks: Farrar. Feb. 1990. c.352p. photogs. index, ISBN 0- 374-24677-7. $25. LIT JarrelU 1914-65) was, amongotherthings, a poet, literary editor, and preeminent critic. Thoughhe was active for three decades, his name is largely unfamiliar today. Using a lucid and detailed critical style, Pritchard offers a farily advanced level of analysis of this gifted and undervalued writer, particu- larly of his poetry. He provides no gossipy retellings of incidents, instead demonstrat- ing influences through the usage of vocabu- lary, cadence, and structure. Recommend- ed for those studying modern American poetry and new criticism, especially at the college level. For a more straightforward biographical approach, Randall JarreU'.'i Letters (Houghton, 1983) would be more appropriate.— Janice Bruim, Medical His-
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