Books: Antic Antiques

COLLECTED SHORT STORIES (397 pp.)—Aldous Huxley—Harper ($5).

THE WORLD OF EVELYN WAUGH (411 pp.)—Edited by Charles J. Rolo—Little, Brown ($6).

Aldous Huxley, 63, is now so venerable a figure of modern letters that a middle-aged critic—the Atlantic Monthly's Charles J. Rolo—owns a poodle named Aldous. Evelyn Waugh, 54, never reached the same status of a chic literary household pet. But, unlike poodles, both writers—two of the century's most gifted entertainers—are no longer quite fashionable. Both have had the premature burial of collections in their lifetime, Huxley's latest prepared by an anonymous Harper editor, Waugh's by Rolo.

Huxley and Waugh share many things apart from...

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