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MAN: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY (310 pp.)—George R. Stewarf—Random House ($2.75).

Among professors of English, the University of California's George R. Stewart is a rare bird. He can battle with Beowulf in Old English, discuss the drift of allegory in The Faerie Queene, or lecture gravely on the crime of the dangling participle.

His literary interests are as broad as those of a good-sized college faculty. He has written fiction, biography (Bret Harte), popular meteorology (Storm), a fascinating treatise on U.S. place names (Names on the Land). His latest book is a rambling, unconventional history of the Life & Times of Man.

10,000 Centuries. Author Stewart...

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