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92 Western American Literature material will not be missed by the average reader. A White scholar must still consult the 1946 edition, however. More disturbing are the footnotes. Griffith footnotes every literary refer­ ence from McGuffey’s readers to Don Quixote, and every Biblical allusion and phrase from “For the wages of sin are death” to “The Peace that Passeth Understanding.” But she does not identify the “Spoopendyke Papers,” a syndi­ cated humorist White refers to, nor does she identify the colorful allusions to Kansas personalities White refers to as “an old mossback Jacksonian . . . another shabby, wild-eyed, rattle-brained fanatic . . . an old human hoop skirt . .. an editor who has failed as a preacher” in his anti-Populist editorial. These are figures the reader wants identified. The Biographical Notes are of some use, although the average reader probably knows William Shakespeare and Ludwig van Beethoven without having to refer to the appendix. Most disappointing is the omission of the last chapter in the original edition, White’s comments on events during the last twenty years of his life, compiled from editorials and letters by his son. Still, The Autobiography of William Allen White, even in diminished form, is a classic of the genre and a valuable point of reference for studies of the development of the Great Plains from frontier days into the modern age. Now if someone would only reprint White’s first short story collection, The Real Issue. DIANE DUFVA QUANTIC Wichita State University Death By Deception. By Anne Wingate. (New York: Walker and Company, 1988. 195 pages, $17.95.) Mark Shigata, an FBI agent living somewhere between Houston and Galveston, finds an unidentified dead woman in his back yard. With no alibi he’s a suspect, and is released from his job. In addition to these woes, his twelve-year-old stepdaughter Gail is missing, and his estranged wife, Wendy, turns up dead. The only man with a clue is a downtown cop—no smooth fed­ eral agent like Shigata—and the two must team up to prevent another murder. Genre fiction is the term usually applied to a whodunit thriller, and Death by Deception is no exception. However, Anne Wingate’s experience as a former police officer lends a certain veracity to this lively and entertaining tale of suspense set in Texas. MARINA HALL Utah State University ...


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