Books: The Death of Sweet Reason

DOWNHILL ALL THE WAY by Leonard Woolf. 259 pages. Harcourt, Brace & World. $5.95.

In a famous verse, Yeats diagnosed his age as a time when the best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity. In this spirit, Leonard Woolf, British Lib-Lab intellectual, publisher, politician and husband of Novelist Virginia, has written the fourth installment of his autobiography. Its value as a document of an age and a class grows with each volume.

Woolf writes of the death of sweet reason that afflicted the Western world during and between the two...

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