Books: Neo-Orthodox Gadfly

THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF T. E. HULME (233 pp.)—Alun R. Jones—Beacon Press ($4.50).

When T. E. Hulme died, a friend recalled, "half the women in London went into mourning." Sex was only one of the ardent hobbies pursued by Thomas Ernest Hulme, a brilliant young English intellectual who seemed to take all knowledge for his hobby. When a burst of shellfire killed Hulme on the Western Front in 1917, he was just 34, and had been successively a poet, philosopher, self-proclaimed political reactionary, militarist, and pet lion of his own literary salon. A...

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