The academy, most popular of subjects for satire, has not had the torch held to its tail for some time. The Fires of Arcadia singes rather than burns. It is the real story behind the recent conflagration at Arcadia College in New Hampshire, which was destroyed in the blaze along with the records of a bizarre experiment combining the humanities and the sciences. In line with a tradition of absolute intellectual and individual freedom imposed by the founder, a chemistry professor had, through artificial insemination, inpregnated a goat with a human sperm. The result was a band of little satyrs who attracted the only concentrated attention ever given to anything by the college president's daughter, a girl who had used freedom as a weapon all her life. Some nicely naughty portraits of academic types are pushed over with the author's broad comic strokes and progressive theories of education and behavior predictably regress to laughter. (Professor Harrison, the well known Shakespearian scholar, ought to know.) A rather quiet, insistent nudge in the ribs.