Books: The Beautiful Illusion

THE FAMILIAR FACES (221 pp.)—David Garnett—Harcourt, Brace & World ($5.75).

When it comes to literary name dropping, English Novelist-Critic David Garnett has practically no peers. At 70, he can look back to a childhood spent in the company of literary lights like Joseph Conrad, Henry James, "Jack" Galsworthy, Ford Madox Ford. His father was a prominent publisher; his mother Constance was the industrious translator who gave a whole generation of English readers the feeling that all the great Russians (Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky) wrote in the same curiously flat style. With such parental credentials,...

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