Books: A Tongue That Naked Goes

SELF CONDEMNED (407 pp.)—Wyndham Lewis—Henry Regnery ($4).

"A remarkable man, but of course impossible, quite impossible," is the sort of thing British intellectuals say of Percy Wyndham Lewis. Such comments are usually accompanied by a slight quavering of the speaker's shoulders, as if these still bore the unhealed scars of a Wyndham Lewis drubbing. To many, the mere mention of Lewis' name evokes a hefty figure, dressed in a broad black hat and sweeping black coat, glaring sternly at humanity through formidable glasses. Sir Osbert Sitwell recalls Lewis sitting at a restaurant table...

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