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GREAT MORNING (360pp.)—Sir Osbert Sifwell—Little, Brown ($4).

Sir Osbert Sitwell, who will be 55 in December, is now on Volume III of a five-volume autobiography. He writes with the assurance that, whatever may happen to English aristocracy, the cadences of his prose are not likely to perish sooner than those of Walter Savage Landor or Sir Thomas Browne. Great Morning is a tribute from the worldliest of the artistic Sitwells to the most Arcadian period that any Englishman can remember: the last years of the peace that ended in August 1914.

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