MR. SMITH AND OTHER NONSENSE by William Jay Smith

MR. SMITH AND OTHER NONSENSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

How rewarding to know Mr. Smith,/ Whose writings at random appear!/ Some think him a joy to be with/ While others do not, it is clear."" The first verse of the last verse, it's a tip-off to a type of sly sillies. Several of the shorter ones are in Typewriter Town but for flavor this is closer to Laughing Time (1955). To wit: the Subway Centipede (""a nearsighted thousand-legger""), a feud between the Floor and the Ceiling, the channel crossing of Mary Queen of Scots (who ""forgot to take her booster shots""). There's a branch for birds--without a dodo among them --and some limericks of Ogden Nash quality about literati: ""Edmund Clerthew Bentley,/ Looking at his name one day intently,/ Found it contained that very new/ Verse form, the clerihew."" For the youngster who is more sophisticated (and better read-to) than the average.

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1968
Publisher: Delacorte