Books: Raging Briton

ROTTING HILL (307 pp.)—Wyndham Lewis—Regnery ($3).

BLAST years 1837 to 1900 Curse abysmal inexcusable middle-class (also Aristocracy and Proletariat).


BLAST their weeping whiskers—hirsute RHETORIC of EUNUCH and STYLIST—SENTIMENTAL HYGIENICS ROUSSEAUISMS (wild Nature cranks) FRATERNIZING WITH MONKEYS DIABOLICS—raptures and roses ...

In 1914 Wyndham Lewis tried to rouse a whole generation of Englishmen with that manifesto, but Englishmen had every excuse for not paying attention. The manifesto appeared just as they were girding to meet the greater blast of World War I. Thirty-year-old Painter-Poet Lewis was soon in the army himself, and the authorities...

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