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THE INFERNAL GROVE by MALCOLM MUGGERIDGE 280 pages. Morrow. $7.95.

British literary intelligentsia, Malcolm Muggeridge once said, may generally be viewed as "priests and religious manques. The Rev. Stephen Spender, Father [Cyril] Connolly, Dom Graham Greene, Sister Brigid Brophy." To this list should be added Muggeridge himself: the Prophet Malcolm.

For nearly 40 years, in journalism, lectures, and radio and TV appearances, Muggeridge has been decrying everything that he finds fraudulent or ridiculous—i.e., virtually everything. Ours is a vulgar and destructive age, he has instructed us. Our arts and literature are a heap of rubble. Our inner Lives are sown with salt. Even...

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