Books: The All-Academe List

THE LIFETIME READING PLAN (318 pp.) —Clifton Fadlman—World ($3.75).

Critic Clifton Fadiman, the Schweppes-man of belles-lettres, thinks that everyone's mind is dreadfully underdeveloped. He is right, of course. A load of guilt equivalent to the combined weight of Dr. Eliot and his "Five-Foot Shelf" rests upon nearly all college-exposed Americans, by whom too many of the great books are unread or unremembered.

Fadiman's attempt to remove this onus by main force is neither so precisely measured as Eliot's invention nor so massive as the Robert Hutchins-Mortimer Adler set of Great Books. Fadimaa. has drawn up...

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