Books: Swinging the Cat

COSMOS by Witold Gombrowicz. 166 pages. Grove. $5.

It's berging. Berging with my bamberg with all the bambergity of my bamberg.

Berging or, just possibly, Bunburying. It is 70 years since John Worthing went Bunburying in Wilde's comic masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. Onstage, Bunburying is such a mischievous male lark that, as Auden puts it, "Whenever I see or read the play, I always wish I did not know what I do about Wilde's life at the time he was writing it." Bunburying was shorthand for a visit to a fashionable London...

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