Books: The Wasteland

A DREAM JOURNEY by JAMES HANLEY 368 pages. Horizon Press. $8.95.

James Hanley, 75, is one of the best-known little-known writers now at work. Over the course of his long career he has been praised by such disparate souls as T.E. Lawrence and E.M. Forster. Novelists and reviewers periodically puzzle over the obscurity that has accompanied Hanley's high critical reputation. Yet the matter is not terribly mysterious. He throws no sops to fashion or to the ease of his readers. Hanley's essential subject is a darkness that most people would rather whistle...

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