Books: An Establishment of One


edited by Michael Davie; Little, Brown; 818pages; $17.50

British literary events usually arrive in the U.S. disheveled, talked out and a year late. As Evelyn Waugh noted, however, "punctuality is the virtue of the bored," and there was little time to be that last September when 800 pages of his diaries fell on London like a V1. The buzz had been heard for some time. The Observer and the London Sunday Times had teased a few thin, gray hairs of scandal with prepublication excerpts. Christopher Sykes' authorized biography appeared soon...

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