Books: The Tohu-Bohu Kid

RELIGION AND THE REBEL (338 pp. Colin Wilson—Houghton Mifflin ($4

Little more than a year ago, the name of self-taught Colin Wilson, then 25, got on British intellectuals' lips; today, it gets on their nerves. The critical cheers that greeted The Outsider turned to catcalls upon sight of its sequel. Religion and the Rebel. Flicked the Daily Express's Nancy Spain: "If civilization needs a new prophet, it will take more than the Boy Colin."

It was not the Boy Colin's latest book alone that accounted for the waspish notices. Since success plucked at his turtlenecked...

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