GREAT BRITAIN: Writers' Town

An angry young man of the left in his day, British Poet and Critic Stephen Spender is now a respected and respectable member of the tight little club that is London's literary set. This week in the New York Times Book Review, while pondering the effects of togetherness on himself and his friends, Spender offered a fascinating guidebook for nonmembers.

Literary London, says Spender, is "not an intellectual center, like Paris, where ideas are endlessly discussed, for the English do not like discussing ideas, and consider it bad form to talk shop ... In the early part of this century...

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