Books: Young Man with a Horn

ALL 1 COULD NEVER BE (348 pp.)—Beverley Nichols—Duffon ($4).

_ It was a sunny June evening in the hectic '30s. In his Westminster house, Beverley Nichols, man of letters, was arraying himself in exquisite evening dress: "Tails by Lesley and Roberts in Hanover Square, waistcoat by Hawes and Curtis . . . silk hat by Locke . . . monk shoes by Fortnum and Mason's . . . crystal and diamond links by Boucheron . . . gold cigarette case by Asprey ... a drop of rose geranium on my handkerchief." But Beverley was not...

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