Books: Family Fair

THE KNOX BROTHERS by Penelope Fitzgerald Coward, McCann & Geoghegan; 294 pages; $10.95

Dilly said it best: "Nothing is impossible." That conviction shaped the lives of the four Knox brothers. For Dilwyn, the second-born son, it meant breaking the vital German flag code in World War I and finding a crucial key to the Germans' baffling Enigma machine in World War II. For Ronald, youngest and most celebrated of the four, it meant translating a Roman Catholic English Bible—Old and New Testaments—from the Latin Vulgate. For Eldest Brother Edmund it meant a painstaking ascension to the Fleet Street pantheon as editor...

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