Books: Father Rides Again

LAUGHTER IN THE NEXT ROOM (400 pp.) —Sir Osbert Sitwell—Little, Brown ($4).

Life With Father is not merely the title of a play; it is fast becoming the right name for a whole period—the days when pounds were made of gold and fathers loomed over their children like oaks. Now that the oak is no more, a whole generation seems anxious to recall the vast, umbrella-like image of father in his prime.

Much of the fourth volume of Osbert Sitwell's "biography of a family" is devoted to the new forms of literature, music and painting...

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