Books: Intellectual Thriller

The self-taught son of a boot-and-shoe-machine operator is causing a run on critical superlatives in highbrow London's literary marketplace. "One of the most remarkable first books I have read," wrote Critic Cyril Connolly in the Sunday Times when Colin Wilson's The Outsider was published a month ago. Said Philip Toynbee, writing in the Observer: "The Outsider is an exhaustive and luminously intelligent study of a representative theme of our time . . . truly astounding." Part of the critical hubbub rose from the fact that Author Wilson, just turned 25, shows a staggeringly...

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