Books: The Pleasure Principia

THE LIFE OF BERTRAND RUSSELL

by RONALD W. CLARK 766 pages. Knopf. $17.50.

MY FATHER, BERTRAND RUSSELL

by KATHARINE TAIT 211 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

$8.95.

THE TAMARISK TREE

by DORA RUSSELL 304 pages. Putnam. $9.95.

The mathematician-philosopher Bertrand Russell was a child's delight, full of games and good spirits and tall tales. As the Pied Piper of Cairn Voel, his country retreat on the Cornwall coast, he used to lead his young followers on hunts for the ingredients of a special home brew—a concoction of stagnant water, mold, dead leaves, old grass and whatever other unsavories could be dredged up at the moment.

The slop, labeled "Poison for...

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