Books: Literary Life

Growing Up. Christopher Robin Milne no longer goes hippity hoppity, nor looks behind curtains for tickly brownies, nor muses over a name for his dear little dormouse. The hero of When We Were Very Young, now 19 and a crack squash player, leaves Stowe prep school this term, goes next fall to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he is winner of a £100 scholarship in mathematics.

Literary Exercise. Pseudo-duels, arty riots (incited by everything from Dadaism to literary prize awards), political squabbles and fishwife furies are traditional components of the French literary life. Dean of French literary stirrer-uppers is scrawny, deaf, 71-year-old...

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