Books: Sweeney & the Mockingbirds

THE SWEENIAD (66 pp.)—Myra Buttle —Sagamore ($2).

A man who sees himself become a public monument in his own lifetime runs the risk of finding rude and irreverent remarks scribbled on the plinth. Such is the case of Britain's T. S. Eliot. Now he has had the ultimate accolade: a full-and fancy-dress parody. In the season's least subtle anagram, it is signed Myra Buttle; it represents the rebuttal to Eliot of a waspish and clever Cambridge lecturer in Far Eastern history named Victor Purcell (possibly, the publishers heavily hint, he had some distinguished anti-Eliot...

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