Books: Antidisestablishmentarian

SPRIGHTLY RUNNING (265 pp.)—John Wain—St. Main's Press ($5).

This is neither a young man's manifesto nor an old man's apologia pro vita sua, but an interim report on himself by a clever, likable man of 35. British Novelist-Critic John Wain was 20 when Germany surrendered, and has thus spent his entire maturity on this side of the Hitlerian watershed. This unusual book suggests that most British intellectuals of his generation have settled into the admirable pattern of cultivated men of good will. Not for Wain the grandeurs, miseries and plain fuss of ideological commitments that vexed the '30s. If there is one...

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