Books: Midsummer Night's Waking

NIGHT AND SILENCE WHO IS HERE? by Pamela Hansford Johnson. 246 pages. Scribner. $4.50.

Cobb College is a rich New Hampshire institution, well stocked with preposterous pedants, campus lagos, academic racketeers and addled eggheads. As such, it is the latest member of the poison ivy league founded by Mary McCarthy (Groves of Academe), Vladimir Nabokov (Pnin) and Randall Jarrell (Pictures from an Institution). It may or may not be patterned on Wesleyan University's Institute of Advanced Studies, where Novelist Pamela Hansford Johnson spent some time with her husband Sir Charles Snow as visiting...

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