- Hardback | 160 pages
- 142.24 x 205.74 x 27.94mm | 226.8g
- 30 Sep 1971
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
- United Kingdom
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Lawyer, light versifier and cultivator of all our gardens, Mr. Cane, at ninety-two seems to have gained in vigor and wit since his last (All and Sundry, 1968). The verses are incidental but robust ("As long as I keep free/ and sane, and sound of breath,/ there'll be no truck with death. . . "). There are letters and a few wicked one-liners (the logic professor who "died of a corollary"), but most enjoyable are Cane's reminiscences, especially of a skittish array of writers: Frost, whom Cane cooled down after a grand gaffe by a Columbia toastmaster; O'Hara, who surrendered objectionable passages from his book to Cane, acting as the publisher's lawyer; editor Marianne Moore with whom he maintained a thoughtful if strong-minded correspondence ("My ear," remarked Miss Moore, "which is sometimes too temerarious differs, however, sometimes, from your own"). There are also memories of newspaper work for the Post, reports of literary controversies, and best of all, a May morning tale of a long ago Central Park, from which a moral was drawn in a newspaper: "It's high time for Columbia boys to realize that New York is not a college town." Mr. Cane is feisty, assertive and generally good company. (Kirkus Reviews)