RARA-AVIS: Barzun and Taylor

From: bearlodge ( bearlodge@email.msn.com)
Date: 06 Dec 2000

Barzun and Taylor were academics and brought their own likes to A Catalog of Crime. Along with that they brought their biases and dislikes. Hardly anyone who looks at the reference today doesn't find dozens of remarks to quarrel with. And those of the hardboiled persuasion will fine even more. This was once thought to be a cornerstone reference work.

I loved Etienne Borger's "Always Outnunbered." Sounds like a convent of contemplatives ready to take over the town.

Frank Denton

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