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INKY DARKLING (298 pp.)—Louis Grudin—Dial ($3.50).

The experimental writers of the early 20th century were men and women with a high sense of mission. Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf—each sought a new way to get some of the juice of life on to the printed page. Their imitators have chiefly proved that most of them are. in a broad sense, inimitable.

Poet Louis (The Outer Land) Grudin is to James Joyce what dozens of novelists have been to Hemingway and Proust—an eager copycat who asserts his right to look at his king, even if it leaves him...

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