Books: To Crie Alarme

EDMUND CAMPION (239 pp.)—Evelyn Waugh—Little, Brown ($2.75).

Evelyn Waugh's feats in prose include one whole book without a line of comedy. This is it. Waugh finished writing it in 1935, some years after his conversion to Roman Catholicism, as a tribute to his faith and to the Jesuits. It is a biographical study, done skillfully and with full respect, of a fabulous Jesuit priest executed by order of Queen Elizabeth.

About a thousand copies of Waugh's book, printed in England, were sold in the U.S. a decade ago. Now that Waugh's Brideshead Revisited is a best-seller (558,000 copies), Little, Brown has published Campion...

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