Diminishing Returns

by Lenard Kaufman. Doubleday, $3.00.
Novelists have seldom fared well when they have written about the trials and tribulations of being a novelist. Mr. Kaufman, who has behind him three tautly written books which packed a powerful punch, has now turned in a querulous and unimaginative story about a talented author who hits not received his just deserts from the critics, the public, and a publisher interested in best sellers and being a celebrity himself. The best I can say for Kaufman’s treatment of this subject is that it documents all the ills that beset the “noncommercial” writer in America.