The views expressed are highly personal
without being sufficiently interpretive or
integrative to assure a position of lasting
significance among French letters.—
thony Caprio, Oglethorpe Univ., Atlanta
Loving Letters from Ogden
Nash: A Family Album.
Little. Feb. 1990. c.357p. ed. by Linell
Nash Smith, illus. ISBN 0-316-59835-6.
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
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.—
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-
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
(Houghton, 1983) would be more
Janice Bruim, Medical His-